Chesapeake notches first win of the season

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 3, 2003


Chesapeake Panthers coach Joe Waugh is not picky. He likes any kind of win.

Despite getting only four hits, Waugh was happy Wednesday as the Panthers opened their baseball season with a 5-1 win over the St. Joseph Flyers.

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"We got a win and I'll take them any time. It wasn't pretty, but that's okay with me," Waugh said. "This was the first game for us, so I was pleased with our effort."

Nick Karle, P. J. Rase and Joe Gilkison combined to pitch a two-hitter for the Panthers.

Karle was 2-for-4 with two runs batted in. Matt Rucker was 1-2 and Bobby Evans 1-4.

Jeremy Addis had both Flyer hits.

"We hit a lot of balls hard that were right at them. Shawn Hacker hit one to the wall that would have tied the game, and Kyle Johnson hit the ball real hard," Flyers coach Greg Bryant said.

Chesapeake took a 3-0 lead in the second inning.

Todd Marcum walked, moved up on a wild pitch, took third on a balk, and came home when Karle singled. A wild pitch sent Karle to second, Brandon Ridenour walked, both moved up on a wild pitch and Rucker had a two-run double.

The lead went to 4-0 in the third when Gilkison walked and came around to score on three wild pitches.

The Panthers final run scored in the fifth.

Marcum was safe on an error, moved up on a wild pitch and raced home on Karle's double.

St. Joseph (0-3) avoided the shutout when Danny Stack was hit by a pitch starting the sixth, stole second and came home when Addis singled.

The Panthers host Portsmouth West at 11 a.m. Saturday in a doubleheader. St. Joseph travels to Fairland Thursday.


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Nick Karle, P. J. Rase (4), Joe Gilkison (6) and Justin Finley. Jeremy Addis, Danny Stack (4) and Joe O'Leary, Jeremy Addis (4). W-Karle 1-0 (3-k, 1-W, 1-H). Rase (3-K, 0-W). Gilkison (1-H, 4-K, 3-W, 1-R). L-Addis 0-1 (2-H, 4-R, 7-K, 4-W), Stack (3-K, 0-W, 1-R, 1-H). 2B-Chesapeake: Matt Rucker, Nick Karle. Hitting-Chesapeake: Bobby Evans 1-4, Nick Karle 2-4 (2 RBI), Matt Rucker 1-2 (2 RBI); St. Joseph: Jeremy Addis 2-3.