A full Saturday of baseball at Canal Park concluded with Ellet defeating Garfield 10-0 in the finale of the City Series Baseball Showcase.
Senior left-hander Andrew Neal tossed a shutout, allowing two hits and striking out eight.
“Andrew has had three starts and I think he gets better in every one,” Ellet coach John Sarver said. “In each one he is getting more consistent with his curve ball around the plate and he is able to go to different pitches in different counts, and that is a real plus for him. He does have three good pitches and sometimes a fourth when he is on.
“We have multiple guys throwing well. It is tough to say who is one, two, three or four. We have [seniors] Konner Klein, Brandon Badalucco, Zack Artis and Andrew Neal.”
Ellet (9-1, 7-0) scored two runs in the first inning, three in the second, one in the fourth and four in the sixth, when the game ended due to the 10-run rule.
Neal hit a sacrifice fly to score junior Andrew Knicely in the first, and senior David Smethers scored one batter later following an error.
Senior Jake Dubravtez, junior Chris Gerrow and Smethers scored in the Orangemen’s third with runs batted in going to senior Brandon Arnold and Neal.
Arnold singled in Smethers in the fourth. Gerrow, Badalucco, junior Joel Beswetherick and freshman Matt Edwards scored runs in the sixth.
Sophomores Hunter First and Adam Watters hit infield singles for Garfield (3-2, 3-1).
Firestone 3, Buchtel 1
Senior Richard Burroughs, junior Alex Cole and freshman Dustin James scored runs as Firestone (4-6, 3-2) took advantage of three errors by Buchtel (0-3, 0-3) in the fourth.
The Falcons used five pitchers — senior Jacob Eberly, Cole, Burroughs and juniors Corbin White and Derek Diese — to limit the Griffins to one hit and one run in the opener.
“Our pitchers came out and threw strikes and did a great job,” Firestone coach Aaron DeBord said. “For the first five innings our defense really came out and played hard. I give Buchtel a lot of credit. They have improved tremendously from last year. Their pitcher did a great job. [Junior left-hander Bernard] Swain threw very well.”
Junior Julius Jones singled for Buchtel in the sixth and junior Daron McGinnis scored in the seventh inning after two Firestone errors. Eberly hit two singles for Firestone.
Kenmore 12, East 7
Kenmore (1-4, 1-2) capitalized on erratic East pitching to win the middle game. The Cardinals, who had four hits and drew 20 walks, scored eight runs in the second inning.
“Twenty walks is pretty amazing,” Kenmore coach Joe Nauer said. “We were patient at the plate. We looked good at times. It is just nice to get our first win.”
Junior Jake Greene hit a three-run double and senior Zack Heavilin hit an RBI single in the second, an inning that also featured eight walks and three errors.
Sophomore Jon’tel Palmer walked four times and scored two runs for Kenmore. Senior Dan Pendleton hit two singles and scored two runs. Heavilin and senior Chris Michel scored two runs. Sophomore center fielder Dorell Daniels-Vaught added a fantastic diving catch in the seventh.
Junior Juwan Gonzalez paced East (0-6, 0-3) with two singles and two RBI. Senior Justin Teffner hit an RBI double and a single. Freshman Malik Davis hit two singles and senior Kodi Wells smacked an RBI double and scored two runs.
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