The Shorewood T-Birds bounced back after losing their first game of the season last Wednesday by beating the Meadowdale Mavericks 9-0 in high school baseball action Tuesday.
The Thunderbirds managed to score three runs (one unearned) off Mavs’ starter Matt Hill despite getting just two hits (the result of five hit batters and two errors). Garrett Walsh replaced Hill after two and a third innings of work and gave up two more runs in his 2.2 innings pitched. Four more runs came in after Spenser Hollis entered in the sixth, and that was the game. Shoreline starter Sam Boone gave up two hits as he went five innings, striking out four and walking one.
In the first, Steffen Torgersen got hit by a pitch with one out and then advanced to third on an errant throw. Hill got Kory Longaker out on a pop fly and Jacob Bockelie struck out to end the inning. In the bottom of the first, Meadowdale got its leadoff runner aboard when Kenley Ackerman walked. Boone struck out Dakota Barlament and got Justin Ridley to ground into a 6-4 fielder’s choice. Ridley then stole second but Jacob Hunnewell flew out to end the first.
Avery Foltz was hit by a pitch to start the second inning and then got to second after a pick-off attempt got away from first baseman Alex Thompson. Harrison Jacobs hit a single to right field and the throw in got past the cutoff man. Foltz scored from second on the play and Jacobs advanced to second, making it 1-0 Shorewood on the error. Cole Hutt was hit by a pitch and then Spencer Jacobs laid down a bunt to advance the runners. Everyone was safe on another error and the bases were loaded with no outs. Aaron Okamura hit a fly ball to right field that Barlament caught. H. Jacobs tried to score on the fly out but Barlament gunned him down at the plate for the second out of the inning. Max Wagner grounded out to end the inning, and the T-Birds had a 1-0 lead after the top of the second.
In the bottom of the second, Boone retired the Mavs in order. Phil Thomas got on base with one out when he hit a grounder to second base that was misplayed by Torgersen, but Boone picked Thomas off at first and then got Thompson to strike out to end the inning.
Torgersen led off the top of the third with a single to left field. Then Longaker was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. A passed ball allowed Torgersen to make it to third and he scored after Bockelie hit into a 6-4 fielder’s choice. Foltz was hit by another pitch to put runners on first and second with one out.
Garett Walsh came in as relief for Hill. Bockelie and Foltz attempted a double steal but Bockelie was thrown out by catcher Parker Coffey. H. Jacobs then laced an RBI single to make it 3-0 Thunderbirds. Hutt popped out to end the inning. Boone again sent the Mavs down in order in the bottom of the third to continue the shutout.
In the top of the fourth, S. Jacobs got a one-out bunt single and attempted to steal second. However, the hitter — Wagner — was called out for interfering with Coffey’s throw. The inning continued with a single by Torgersen, then Longaker knocked an RBI single that scored S. Jacobs from second. Bockelie followed with an RBI single of his own to score Torgersen, making it 5-0 Shorewood. Finally, Walsh got Foltz to pop out to end the top of the fourth.
Boone’s no-hitter was broken up when Barlament sliced a base hit to left field. On the throw in, the ball got away from the T-Birds and out of play, allowing Barlament to advance to second. However, he was picked off by catcher Bockelie for the first out of the inning. Boone then got Ridley to strike out and Hunnewell to ground out to end the fourth.
Walsh struck out H. Jacobs to start the fifth and got Hutt to ground out, but he hit S. Jacobs and walked Okamura to put two on for Wagner with two outs. Walsh bounced back and got Wagner to line out to end the inning. Thompson hit a two-out single and made it to second on a pass ball but Boone got Whitsman to fly out to end the bottom of the fifth.
Hollis came in as relief in the top of the sixth and gave up four singles. Torgersen started with a line drive over second base then Longaker hit one to left field and was followed by an RBI single by Bockelie to make it 6-0. Longaker advanced to third on the hit and scored when Foltz hit a single. Hollis got H. Jacobs to strike out for the first out of the inning, but one of the pitches was wild and Foltz and Bockelie advanced to second and third respectively. Hutt drove in Foltz after grounding out to make it 8-0. Bockelie scored the final run of the game when S. Jacobs hit a sharp ground ball to Hunnewell at third and his throw went past Thompson at first. The side was retired when Okamura popped out, with the score 9-0, Shorewood.
In the bottom of the sixth, Boone was replaced by Cole McKisson and McKisson gave up a lead-off walk to the Mavs’ Brett Schafer. Schafer stole second soon after. Ackerman and Barlament popped out and during Ridley’s at-bat, a wild pitch advanced Schafer to third. Ridley drew a walk to put runners on the corners, but Hunnewell grounded out to end the sixth.
Collin Costello came in to pitch the seventh and gave up a two-out single to Longaker, but struck out Bockelie right after. The Mavs were retired in order in the bottom half of the seventh and the Thunderbirds won 9-0.
The T-Birds improve to 15-1 (12-1 in conference) and the Mavs fall to 9-7 (7-6 in conference). The teams play again on Wednesday at Shorewood at 4 p.m. and again on Friday at Meadowdale at 4 p.m.
— By Quint Turner