St. Joseph slips past Chesapeake

Published 11:31 pm Saturday, May 7, 2011

By JIM WALKER

Tribune Sports Editor

Give the St. Joseph Flyers an inch and they’ll take a win.

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The Flyers took advantage of four Chesapeake errors as they edged the Panthers 6-5 in nine innings on Thursday.

“They gave us some opportunities, but we were able to take advantage of them,” said Flyers’ coach Greg Bryant.

Chesapeake jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

Simeon Combs singled, Mikey Walters was hit by a pitch and Hunter Bare doubled in a run. Kyle Heffner had a two-out RBI single and Tommy Noble singled in the final run.

The Flyers came right back with two runs in the bottom of the inning.

Justin Mahlmeister and Tanner Riley had one-out singles, moved up on a wild pitch and T.J. Young grounded out as a run scored. Cody Blackburn reached on an error as Riley scored.

The Panthers got their final two runs in the third inning.

Bare, Jake Lewis and Heffner all walked and Noble and Nick Parnell had RBI singles.

St. Joseph (12-3) cut the deficit to 5-4 in the sixth.

Riley singled, Young walked and Blackburn was safe on an error to load the bases. Grant Geswein then delivered a clutch two-run single.

“That was a huge hit in that situation for a sophomore,” said Bryant.

The Flyers tied the game in the seventh with an unearned run.

Payton Blair reached on an error, Mahlmeister hit into a fielder’s choice but Riley doubled and Young singled to score the run.

After a scoreless eighth, Riley struck out the side looking in the ninth.

In the bottom of the inning, Blair was hit by a pitch, took second on a wild pitch, and Mahlmeister singled and stole second to put both runners in scoring position.

Riley then put down a perfect squeeze bunt to score Mahlmeister to win the game.

Besides the winning RBI, Riley got the win after he came on in the third inning with one out and the bases loaded and retired the side. He finished with 13 strikeouts — nine called — and did not walk a batter. He allowed just three hits.

“Riley just dominated,” said Bryant.

Riley also went 3-4, Mahlmeister 3-5 and Geswein 2-3 as the Flyers had 10 hits.

Noble was 3-4 and Heffner 2-3 for the Panthers.

The Flyers play at Fairview, Ky., at 5 p.m. on Monday.

Chesapeake 302 000 000 = 5 9 4

St. Joseph 200 002 101 = 6 10 2

Hunter Bare, Simeon Combs (9) and Brandon Noble. T.J. Young, Tanner Riley (3) and Justin Mahlmeister. W-Riley (K-13, BB-0, H-3, R-0). L-Combs (H-1, HBP-1, R-1, ER-1). 2B-Chesapeake: Hunter Bare; St. Joseph: Tanner Riley. Hitting-Chesapeake: Simeon Combs 1-5, Hunter Bare 1-3, Kyle Heffner 2-3, Tommy Noble 3-4, Nick Parnell 1-4; St. Joseph: Justin Mahlmeister 3-5, Tanner Riley 3-4, T.J. Young 1-2, Luke McGraw 1-4, Grant Geswein 2-3.