Errors prove costly as Flyers fall to Titans, 5-1
Published 3:09 am Thursday, April 14, 2022
By Jim Walker
PORTSMOUTH — When 2 pitchers are on top of their game, the difference in the outcome usually comes down to defense.
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In the case of Michael Mahlmeister vs. Alex Cassidy, it did.
St. Joseph was guilty of 4 errors that led to 4 unearned runs as the Flyers lost 5-1 to the Portsmouth Notre Dame Titans on Monday in a Southern Ohio Conference game.
Cassidy allowed 6 hits, struck out 12 and walked 2 and the Titans did not make an error.
Mahlemister scattered 8 hits, struck out 7, did not issue a walk and only one run was earned.
“We didn’t hit the ball that well and that’s a tribute to Cassidy,” said Flyers’ coach Greg Bryant.
“Michael pitched a great game but we made some defensive errors and in this type of game it can cost you and and it did today.”
Notre Dame scored 4 unearned runs in the bottom of the first with one out.
Matt Boldman singled, Dylan Season was safe on an error and Alex Cassidy singled for a run.
Nate Johnson was safe on an error as a run scored. Braydon Shepherd grounded out as the runners advanced and Miles Phillips followed with a 2-run singled.
The Titans (3-5, 3-1) added a un in the second on a one-out single by Reagan Lester and a 2-out double by Boldman, the only extra base hit of the game.
St. Joseph (7-1, 3-1) got its only run in the top of the third with two outs when Brady Medinger, Elijah Rowe and Blake Stuntebeck all singled.
Mahlmeister was 2-for-3 while Medinger, Stuntebeck, Elijah Rowe and Landon Rowe had hits.
Boldman was 2-4 with the double and RBI, Johnson was 2-3 with an RBI and Phillips 1-3 with 2 RBIs.
The Flyers visit first-place Symmes Valley on Wednesday.
St. Joseph 001 000 0 = 1 6 4
Notre Dame 410 000 x = 5 8 0
Michael Mahlmeister and Blake Stuntebeck. Alex Cassidy and Reagan Lester. W-Cassidy (IP-7.0, H-6, R-1, ER-1, K-12, BB-2). L-Mahlmeister (IP-6.0, H-8, R-5, ER-1, K-7, BB-0). Hitting-St.J: Brady Medinger 1-3, Elijah Rowe 1-3, Blake Stuntebeck 1-3 RBI, Michael Mahlmeister 2-3, Landon Rowe 1-3; PND: Eugene Collins 1-4, Matt Goldman 2-4 2B RBI, Alex Cassidy 1-4 RBI, Nate Johnson 2-3 RBI, Miles Phillips 1-3 2-RBI, Reagen Lester 1-3.