Waginger gears up to beat East
SCIOTOVILLE - Ryan Waginger was doing his impression of a NASCAR driver. He kept changing gears.
Waginger utilized various speeds as he tossed a six-hitter Monday to help the St. Joseph Flyers beat the Portsmouth East Tartans 6-2.
"Ryan changed speeds and stayed ahead in the count all night. He found a rhythm in the middle of the game and we played defense behind him. That was our best defensive game," Flyers coach Greg Bryant said.
"And we hit the ball. We had production up and down the lineup. Everyone in the lineup got on base and contributed. That makes it easier to win."
St. Joseph banged out 13 hits in the win led by Alex Swarts who was 3-for-4. Joe O'Leary, Jeremy Addis and Corey Lewis each went 2-4 and Kurt Jordan 2-5.
The Flyers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Jordan was safe on an error, Addis walked and Lewis hit into a force play at second base. Lewis stole second and Swarts delivered a two-run double.
St. Joseph added a run in the third inning when Addis doubled to start the inning and Lewis followed with a base hit.
East got its two runs in the fifth inning to make it 3-2, but the Flyers answered with two in the sixth inning.
Schwab singled, stole second and scored on a double by Jordan. After Jordan was thrown out going to third, Addis singled, stole second and scored on a single by Swarts.
The final run came across in the seventh inning when O'Leary singled, Aaron Whaley reached on a fielder's choice, went to second on a ground out and came home when Jordan singled.
St. Joseph, 2-11, plays at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Fairview, Ky.
Ryan Waginger and Jeremy Addis. Henderson and Luther. W-Waginger (5-K, 3-BB, 2-ER). L-Henderson (5-K, 2-BB). 2B-St. Joseph: Kurt Jordan, Jeremy Addis, Alex Swarts. Hitting-St. Joseph: Ryan Schwab 1-4, Kurt Jordan 2-5, Jeremy Addis 2-4, Corey Lewis 2-4, Alex Swarts 3-4, Ryan Waginger 2-4, Joe O'Leary 2-4; East: Henderson 2-4, Chamberlain 1-2, Luther 1-4, Hayes 2-3.