Congratulations to the Scecina Memorial Baseball team on their big win over Cathedral High School!
From the Indianapolis Star, Paul Shepherd:
In a 33-year coaching career at Center Grove that helped land him in the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame with more than 700 career wins, Dave Gandolph has long been known for teaching small ball.
This year, his first at his alma mater, Scecina, Gandolph (Class of 1968) is sharing his philosophy with the Class 2A No. 9 Crusaders. Monday, against private rival Cathedral — the top-ranked team in Class 4A — Scecina employed it to perfection in a 1-0 extra-inning win that was the first over the Irish for this senior-laden class.
With Cathedral's towering ace, Ashe Russell — a Notre Dame recruit and last year's IndyStar Super Team Player of the Year — on the mound, the host Crusaders knew there would be no room for error. Russell was dominant again, but Scecina had its own ace-in-the-hole with senior Aaron Leming, who has committed to playing at Franklin College.
Both pitchers went the distance, but it was Leming scoring the game-winning run for Scecina (10-2) in the bottom of the eighth inning on a one-out single to left-center field by senior outfielder Nolan Ayres.
Cathedral's Harry Shipley is picked off at first base as Scecina first baseman Sam Burck applies the tag. Scecina hosted Cathedral in high school baseball Monday May 5, 2014. (Photo: Rob Goebel/The Star)"I've been waiting to beat Cathedral since I've been here at Scecina," said Ayres, who will play football and baseball at DePauw. "It was just a huge win."
The run was set up when Leming, who had struck out swinging in his previous two at-bats, drew a leadoff walk to start the eighth. Senior first baseman Sam Burck moved Leming to second on a sacrifice bunt. Down 0-2 in the count, Ayres connected with his walk-off hit.
"We had to force the action to make something happen," Gandolph said. "I told them our theme for this year is expect to win. That's what we're doing now. We come out here expecting to win."
The 6-4 Russell allowed five hits and struck out seven with one walk in 7 1/3 innings for Cathedral (15-3).
"You have to give Scecina a lot of credit," said Irish coach Rich Andriole. "They made some plays, got the big hit when they needed it and cashed in."
Leming pitched out of jams all night. He walked three in the first, but picked off the first runner and induced a pair of groundouts. The Irish had a runner on second in the top of the eighth with one out, but Leming coaxed a fly out and groundout to escape unscathed. He scattered seven hits and five walks over eight innings, striking out six.
"It gives us a huge boost of confidence going into the games knowing we beat the best," Leming said.
Posted on Tue, May 6, 2014
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