Flyers blank Panthers to give Bryant 300th career win

Published 9:06 pm Saturday, March 30, 2024

St. Joseph Flyers’ Evan Balestra (13) slides in safely at second base as Chesapeake Panthers’ Mason Budd leaps high in the air trying to catch the throw. (Tim Geahart Sports Photos/For The Ironton Tribune)


St. Joseph Flyers’ Eli Whaley (5) slides safely into third base as Chesapeake Panthers’ Jonathan Brammer (left) attempts to make the play. (Tim Gearhart Sports Photos/For The Ironton Tribune)


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The St. Joseph Flyers ran their record to 3-0 on Saturday. Head coach Greg Bryant ran his career win total to 300.

The Flyers blanked the Chesapeake Panthers 10-0 in 5 innings to stay unbeaten in the young season and give Bryant a milestone win.

“It was a complete team effort, We had a lot of kids contribute up and down the lineup and in the field. Pitching-wise we got a strong performance. Easily our best game of the year,” said Bryant who is 300-231 in 23 seasons as the Flyers head coach.

“It’s a thing where you accumulate a lot of numbers through the years. This is my 23rd season and I’ve had a lot of good kids who have given a lot of good effort,” said Bryant.

“It feels good to hit a number like that.”

After a scoreless first inning, the Flyers got to work and scored 2 runs in the second inning.

Jake Stephens and Darryn Harvey walked and Mason Weber singled to score Stephens with pinch-runner Ian Whaley going to third where he scored on a sacrifice fly by Landon “Rocky” Rowe.

St. Joseph (3-0) extended the lead to 4-0 in the third inning.

With one out, Drew Brown and Stephens walked. The runners moved up on a passed ball and Carson Lyons delivered a 2-run single.

The lead went 5-0 in the fourth when Brown was safe on an error that sent him to second base. Brown took third on a wild pitch and scored on a hit by Wesley Neal.

St. Joseph ended the game in the fifth inning with a 5-run rally.

Lyons went to first base on catcher’s interference and Blake Medinger beat out an infield hit. Weber walked and Rowe was hit by a pitch to force home Lyons.

Brady “Quinn” Medinger walked to send home his brother Blake and Evan Balestra delivered a 2-run single and it was 9-0.

Brown then hit a sacrifice fly to leftfield scoring Eli Whaley with the final run.

Brown and Brady Medinger combined on a 4-hitter. Brown went 2 innings giving up one hit with 3 strikeouts and a walk. Medinger got the save as he worked 3 innings and allowed 3 its while striking out 3 and not allowing a walk.

Balestra was 1-3 with 2 RBI, Weber 1-1 with an RBI, Blake Medinger 1-1, Neal 1-3 and Lyons 1-2 with 2 RBI.

Peyton Muncy ws 1-2 with a double for the Panthers. Andrew Daniels and Dylan White were 1-2 and Mason Budd 1-1.

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St. Joseph 022 15 = 10 5 0

Drew Denney, Andrew Daniels (3), Eli Pratt (5) and Peyton Muncy. Drew Brown, Brady Medinger (3) and Jake Stephens. W-Brown (IP-2.0, H-1, R-0, K-3, BB-1). Save–Medinger (IP-3.0, H-3, R-0, K-3, BB-0). L-Denney (IP-22, H-2, R-4, ER-4, K-3, BB-6). Daniels (IP-1.1, H-2, R-4, ER-2, K-2,BB-2, HBP-1). Pratt (IP-0.0, H-0, R-2, ER-2, K-0, BB-2). Budd (IP-0.1, H-1, R-0, K-0, BB-0, HBP-1). Hitting-Chesapeake: Peyton Muncy 1-2 2B, Andrew Daniels 1-2, Dylan White 1-2, Mason Budd 1-1; St. Joseph: Evan Balestra 1-3 2-RBI, Wesley Neal 1-3 RBI, Carson Lyons 1-2 2-RBI, Blake Medinger 1-1, Mason Weber 1-1 RBI.