Lions feast on Wolves for fourth victory
Ascension Christian barely broke a sweat yesterday in earning their fourth victory of the season. It only took four and half innings to dispose of Maurepas in a 12-0 home shutout.
With ace Josh Diez on the mound shutting down the Wolf offense, the Lion bats went to work early.
In the first inning, the bases were loaded after walks by Jacob Antie and Brennen Tramonte and a single by Landon Ortego.
That's when the Wolves let a routine pop fly by Josh Porrier hit the ground. The gaff allowed two runs to score. An additional run came home on a Maurepas throwing error.
The Lions scored three more runs in the second.
K'von Delone led off with a single and was sent home on an RBI triple by Peyton Bahlinger.
After Ortego singled and Mason Braud doubled, Tramonte drove them both in with a two-RBI single.
In the third, the Lions quickly loaded the bases with a walk by Delone, single by Sal Montalbano and a fielding error on a grounder by Bahlinger.
After Montalbano scored on a passed ball, Antie walked to load the bases once again.
To end the inning, both Blaze Altazan and Braud collected RBIs with walks. Both Tramonte and Nic Montalbano drove in runs with singles.
The final run was scored following a Maurepas throwing error.
Braud finished the game on the mound as he shut down the Wolves in the top of the fifth to allow the Lions to ice away the 12-0 victory.
From the plate, Tramonte went 2-2 with three RBIs and a walk. Bahlinger was 2-4 with an RBI.
The victory was the third straight for Ascension Christian and improved their overall record to 4-1.
"We're finally getting the whole team out here," Lions first-year head coach Conrad Gayle said. "This past Monday was the first time that I had all 24 here after basketball and soccer ended. We're finally coming together--which is exciting. This is an older group, so not only are they hungry, they know what it takes to hopefully get past that level and achieve the goals that we set for ourselves. It's a great group of guys."
However, there was a loss for Ascension Christian on Thursday. Porrier--an all-district star from last year--injured his shoulder and had to be taken to the hospital. He could miss an extended period of time.