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Defense dooms Flyers in 6-0 loss

McDERMOTT — If pitching and defense are the keys to winning, the St. Joseph Flyers needed a locksmith on Saturday.

The Flyers got the pitching but had two errors that led to four unearned runs in a 6-0 loss to the Northwest Mohawks.

“We pitch alright, we just didn’t hit. We struck out way too many times,” said Flyers’ coach Greg Bryant.

“We have to get back to doing the little things defensively and putting the ball in play on offense.”

Tanner Riley went four innings and struck out five, walked three and gave up four hits. He gave up all six runs but only two were earned.

Pat Gagai had a double and Chad Harvey a single to account for the Flyers offense that was the beneficiary of seven walks.

“We had guys on, we just didn’t hit. We left the bases loaded in the seventh,” said Bryant.

Three Northwest pitchers combined to strike out 14 batters.

The Flyers play Coal Grove at Chesapeake on Tuesday.

St. Joseph 000 000 0 = 0 2 2

Northwest 003 300 x = 6 5 1

Tanner Riley, Chad Harvey (5) and Pat Gagai. Spencer, Delong (3), Ellis (5) and Shaffer. W-Delong. L-Riley (4-H, 3-BB, 5-K, 2-ER). 2B-St. Joseph: Pat Gagai. Hitting-St. Joseph: Pat Gagai 1-4, Chad Harvey 1-2; Northwest: Ellis 2-3, Spencer 1-3, Montavon 1-3, Miller 1-3.