Blackburn, Harvey lead Flyers to win

Published 11:32 pm Saturday, April 25, 2009

Three games in four days is just what the St. Joseph Flyers needed.

The Flyers were in rhythm on Saturday as they won their third game of the week and stayed unbeaten with a 13-1 win over the St. Patrick Saints.

St. Joseph won behind the two-hit pitching of Caleb Blackburn and a two home run performance from Chad Harvey.

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“We’re starting to play more consistently and that comes from getting to play,” said Flyers’ coach Greg Bryant.

“Caleb got to throw on his regular day and he did a pretty good job and we hit the ball. Harvey hit the ball hard.”

St. Patrick got a run in the top of the second only to have the Flyers scored eight in their half of the inning.

Tanner Riley singled, Pat Gagai reached on a fielder’s choice, T.J. Young was hit by a pitch, and, after a double steal, Joseph Unger had a two-run single.

Joey Basedow then walked, both runners moved up on a passed ball and Levi Hopkins had a two-run single.

Hopkins stole second, Payton Blair reached on a fielder’s choice and Harvey belted a three-run homer. Blackburn then tripled and Riley doubled for the final run.

St. Joseph came back with five runs in the third inning.

Young reached on a missed third strike, stole second and scored when Unger doubled. Hopkins walked and Blair had a run-scoring single. Harvey capped the scoring with a two-run homer.

Harvey was 2-3 with five runs batted in. Unger went 2-2 and Riley 2-3 as the Flyers banged out 10 hits.

St. Joseph (11-0) hosts Harvest Christian on Monday.

St. Patrick 010 00 = 1 2 0

St. Joseph 085 0x = 13 10 1

Andy Clarke and Jacob McKay. Caleb Blackburn and Pat Gagai. W-Blackburn (7-K, 3-BB, 1-ER). L-Clark. 2B-St. Joseph: Tanner Riley, Joseph Unger. 3B-St. Joseph: Caleb Blackburn. HR-St. Joseph: Chad Harvey 2. Hitting-St. Patrick: Jacob McKay 1-2, Flynn Ashley 1-2; St. Joseph: Payton Blair 1-3, Chad Harvey 2-3, Caleb Blackburn 1-3, Tanner Riley 2-3, Joseph Unger 2-2, Joey Basedow 1-2, Levi Hopkins 1-1.