Starr's Mill ends McIntosh's winning streak in slugfest, 20-10

Wed, 03/26/2008 - 9:17pm
By: Kevin Wandra

In one of the most famous TV advertisements of all time, in the 1980s, Wendy’s asked the question, “Where’s the beef?”

Perhaps the best question to ask following Starr’s Mill’s 20-10 six-inning victory Wednesday over host McIntosh in a Region 2-AAAA game was, “Where was the pitching?”

Starr’s Mill and McIntosh played as though they were hitting off a tee, combining for 25 hits — Starr’s Mill had 15, McIntosh 10 — in a game that didn’t even last a full seven innings due to the mercy rule.

At least two runs were scored in every inning but the fourth, in which none were scored.

Jeff Stock led Starr’s Mill’s hit parade, going 4-for-5 with four RBI. One was one of four Panthers who had a multiple-hit game; Drew Johnson, Tyler Claburn and Ed Cook, all of whom went 2-for-4, were the others in a victory, Starr’s Mill’s second straight, that ended McIntosh’s four-game winning streak.

“This is the first time all year we’ve looked like a pretty good offensive team,” Starr’s Mill coach Brent Moseley said. “We finally hit like I thought we could hit. We haven’t had a lot of confidence at the plate. We’ve been working hard at it."

Starr’s Mill’s hard work obviously paid off.

By the end of the first inning, Starr’s Mill had a 2-0 lead, with a run each coming on sacrifice bunt by Myles Jaye and a single to right field by Stock.

McIntosh answered in the bottom half of the inning with a three-run homer by Jake Tanis and a two-run single by David Pauley to grab a 5-2 lead.

A four-run second helped Starr’s Mill regain the lead, 6-5.

After Jaye hit a sacrifice fly, Cook delivered the biggest hit of the inning, a first-pitch three-run homer.

Two Starr’s Mill miscues in the bottom half of the inning — a throwing error and a balk — put McIntosh back in front 7-6.

Starr’s Mill responded with a six-run third to go ahead 12-7. Half those runs came on two hits, back-to-back two-out singles by Stock, whose hit drove in two runs, and Kevin Koziol.

Starr's Mill's ninth run, which came when Jaye was hit with the bases load by a pitch from Rich, ended the night for the battered McIntosh ace. Rich gave up nine runs, six hits, five walks and one hit batsman in two-plus innings.

In the bottom half of the inning, Rich hit a two-run single and Tanis hit an RBI single to make it a two-run game, 12-10.

Starr’s Mill blew the game open in the fifth, scoring six runs to take its then-largest lead of the game, 18-10.

Johnson had two RBI, and Stock, Cook, Ken Jackson and Adam Potter each had one in Starr’s Mill’s most productive inning of the night.

Back-to-back RBI singles by Claburn and Jackson in the sixth gave Starr’s Mill a double-digit lead, 20-10.

Johnson pitched a scoreless seventh to secure the victory for the Panthers. The left-hander struck out four and allowed no runs, one hit and three walks in the final two innings.

Cook took the victory, striking out five and surrendering five runs, four hits and four walks in four innings.

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Submitted by realparent on Thu, 03/27/2008 - 6:46pm.

I thought Mcintosh was to have 4 seniors that were going to carry this team into the playoffs, Tanis,Rich,Barter who is the forth his name is never in the paper.

Submitted by southsideballfan on Fri, 03/28/2008 - 8:18am.

realparent - you are either uninformed or envious. Which one is it? Your thinly veiled reference to MHS's "forth [sic]" senior is Eric Weiss. My son has played travel ball with Eric, and this kid can play and he makes his teammates better. He bats leadoff for MHS and is an unselfish player, so he doesn't get the headlines you so dearly crave to justify one's status. I was at the Starr's Mill game and saw what he can do. Down 2 runs, Weiss led off the bottom of the first with a double and set the stage for MHS's big first inning comeback. In his next at-bat he walked, stole two bases off SM ace Cook, then scored again. The next time they beaned him on the first pitch. He stole second and scored again. In his last at-bat (MHS down 10 runs), he was called out on a bang-bang hustling play at first where the SM 2nd baseman made a great diving play. Weiss roams centerfield as well as anyone in the region, and had several good defensive plays in the SM game. That's the type of ballgame this kid has all the time. Without the three seniors you noted Tanis, Rich, Barter (who are all having strong seasons) and the kid who "is never in the paper", this team would be far worse than their mediocre 6-7 record. By the way, my son plays for a rival school, so I don't compliment MHS very often. However, Eric is a great kid and darn good ballplayer, so coming to his defense is a pleasure. You, on the other hand, are an idiot.

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