SUDBURY, Mass. — Catholic Memorial wasted little time showing off why it is ranked No. 1 in the polls with a big 10-5 road victory over No. 2 Lincoln-Sudbury (0-1) on Saturday afternoon.
The Knights (2-0) collected nine hits and looked to be in midseason form when it comes to seizing an opportunity, as they capitalized off of five errors in the field and four passed balls by the Warriors.
The big club in town might not be one for fast starts in 2011, but Knights’ head coach Hal Carey wanted to see his team get off on the right foot.
“We were really ready for the game,” said Carey. “We wanted to play really despite it being early in the year. It was kind of a motivational thing.”
The Knights held a 2-1 advantage through the first four innings, but broke things open with a 4-run top of the fifth. CM sent eight men to the plate fueled by a two-out, two RBI single from John Mildner.
Steve Pike and Nick Barker both reached base to open the fifth, and with the heart of the Knights lineup ready to come up, it looked like the big inning was inevitable. But David McCullough got John Gorman swinging and got Matt Goreham to fly out to first.
On a 2-2 pitch, Mildner dropped a line drive right in front of the left fielder to grab a 4-1 lead. Mildner stole second, moved over on a passed ball and scored on a RBI double by Paul Fahey.
Fahey would make his way across home plate on two passed balls by Warrior pitching to stretch the lead to 6-1.
“We took advantage of a couple of their errors,” said Carey. “We scored runs with timely hits and played well fundamentally.”
The Knights kept the pressure on in the top of the seventh and took care of more Warriors’ mistakes as the first five batters of the inning reached safely in another 4-run inning.
“We just didn’t catch the ball,” said Warriors head coach Kirk Fredericks. “Everyone took an opportunity to not catch the ball. They capitalized and made our pitchers throw more pitches than they should of. That was the difference between the two teams.”
The Warriors had to go through five pitchers, while the Knights need just two, with Goreham doing most of the work. The big righthander was efficient in his six plus innings of work, striking out five and working his way out of trouble when he needed.
In the bottom of the third inning, Goreham allowed the leadoff man to reach, but got a 4-6-3 double play and a fly out to center to get out of that jam. He started an inning ending 1-6-3 twin killing after walking the first two batters of the fourth, and struck out the last two batters of the sixth inning after loading the bases.
“My off-speed stuff wasn’t there,” said Goreham. “I was sticking with a lot of fastballs and they were able to get on base. My defense really picked me up today. … It’s just one of those things where your teammates pick you up when you are struggling.”
Added Carey: “He’s got such good poise out there that nothing really bothers him. He’s even-keeled.”
A bright spot for the Warriors was Adam Ravenelle, who crushed two homers, a solo shot and a three-run bomb, to dead center.