Bad inning sinks Flyers

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 11, 2003

PORTSMOUTH - One bad apple spoiled the whole bunch.

The St. Joseph Flyers struggled through one inning that saw Portsmouth Notre Dame score five runs, thus giving the Titans a 7-3 win Thursday.

St. Joseph had seven errors that led to six unearned runs. Danny Stack allowed just four hits, struck out eight and walked one but still suffered the tough defeat.

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"Stack pitched pretty well except for the one fastball he got up and they hit the home run," Flyers coach Greg Bryant said. "That's one we should have won. We just had one bad inning."

The loss also overshadowed a 4-for-4 performance by the Flyers Kyle Johnson. St. Joseph outhit the Titans 7-to-4.

The Flyers got a run in the top of the first when Stack was hit by a pitch, stole second and came around on Johnson's triple.

Notre Dame tied the game in the bottom of the inning, but the Flyers went up 2-1 in the third when Johnson, Chris Laber and Shawn Hacker all singled to load the bases and Joe O'Leary beat out an infield hit to score Johnson.

The Titans tied the game in the bottom of the third, and then Matt Mader led off the fourth with a home run to ignite a five-run uprising that gave the Titans a 7-2 lead. The home run was the only earned run Stack allowed.

The Flyers final run came in the fifth.

Johnson singled, stole second, Laber walked, Johnson stole third and Laber went to second. Hacker was intentionally walked to load the bases, and O'Leary grounded out as Johnson scored again.

"We left eight guys on second and third. We're not getting enough clutch hits," Bryant said.

Laber and Hacker were 1-3 while O'Leary went 1-4 with two RBIs.

St. Joseph (0-6) hosts Fairland on Tuesday.

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Danny Stack and Jeremy Addis. Augustine, Bowman (5) and Russell. W-Augustine (5-K, 0-W, 2-HBP). Save-Bowman (2-K, 2-W). L-Stack (8-K, 1-W). 2B-PND: Augustine. 3B-St. Joseph: Kyle Johnson. HR-PND: Mader. Hitting-St. Joseph: Kyle Johnson 4-4 (RBI), Chris Laber 1-3, Shawn Hacker 1-3, Joe O'Leary 1-4 (2 RBI); Notre Dame: Jimmy Augustine 1-3, Cody Malone 1-3, Matt Mader 1-3, Jacob Bowman 1-3.