Defense hampers Gilman in loss to St. John the Baptist
Greyhounds commit seven errors in 8-2 loss to New York school
Gilman third baseman Connor Paskoff, left, catches a throw as Kyle Collins of Saint John the Baptist slides safely into third base in the Greyhounds' 8-2 loss Saturday. (Photo by Steve Ruark / March 23, 2013)
The Greyhounds committed seven errors in a 8-2 loss to the school from West Islip, N.Y. The miscues led to six unearned runs.
"We played lackuster today and they beat us pretty good," said Gilman coach Larry Sheets, whose team used five pitchers and was no-hit for 5 2/3 innings. "It's about focus and staying interested in playing."
St. John ace Gregory Egan stymied the Greyhounds for four innings to pick up the victory. The Quinnipiac University recruit struck out seven and walked one batter.
"He threw the ball extremly well and its hard for the hitters because you just don't see guys throwing 88 (mph) in the MIAA," Sheets said.
Gilman senior right-hander Ben Grace pitched good enough to win. He worked four innings, fanned six, walked one and yielded an unearned run.
St. John went ahead 1-0 in the top of the fourth. Leadoff batter Christopher Gaffney reached on an error, stole second base, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Brian McLaughlin's ground out.
The Greyhounds' Trevor way came on to pitch the fifth and he didn't get much support from his defense.
Three errors led to four more unearned runs.
St. John added a run in the top of the six before Gilman scored two in the bottom of the sixth off of senior Matthew Raux. The Greyhounds loaded the bases on walks to Danny Blair and Gavin Sheets and Jason King's infield hit.
Blair and Kings scored when the right fielder dropped Matt Tilley's fly ball.