Flyers use pitching, defense to top East

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Good pitching and defense are a perfect marriage.

On Tuesday, St. Joseph pitcher Caleb Blackburn and his defense said “I do” as the Flyers slipped past the Sciotoville East Tartans 2-1.

Blackburn struck out nine, walked three and gave up just five hits.

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“It’s easy to pitch that way when your defense is playing well behind you, and it makes it easy to play defense when you’re throwing strikes. They go hand-in-hand,” said Flyers coach Greg Bryant.

“(Blackburn) kept the ball down and he was throwing his curveball for strikes.”

The Flyers broke a scoreless tie with a run in the fourth inning.

Harvey walked, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored when Pat Gagai grounded out.

East tied the game in the fifth when David Blair singled, stole second, took third on a balk, and came home on a ground out.

St. Joseph pushed across the winning run in the sixth inning;

Payton Blair singled, took second on a throwing error, Harvey put down a sacrifice bunt, and scored when Jerrod Laber singled to left field.

“We needed a game like that. Hopefully we can build on this win to finish out the season,” said Bryant.

Blair was 2-for-3 as the Flyers managed just three hits.

St. Joseph (7-6) hosts Harvest Christian Thursday.

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Caleb Blackburn and Pat Gagai. Rodney Hatch and David Blair. W-Blackburn (9-K, 3-BB). L-Hatch (1-K, 3-BB). Hitting-St. Joseph: Payton Blair 2-3, Jerrod Laber 1-3; Sciotoville East: Jon Garrett 2-3, Brent Ehrhart 2-3, David Blair 1-3.