Salesianum’s Joe Setting was hit in the elbow by a pitch with the bases loaded to force home the winning run in the Sals’ 5-4 victory over Saint Mark’s Tuesday night at Frawley Stadium.
Things were going great for Saint Mark’s ace Billy Sullivan was cruising on the mound, their offense had put four runs on the board, when the number “105” came into play.
That’s the maximum amount of pitches a Delaware high school hurler can throw in a game this season, and Sullivan reached that number when he forced Alex Hinton to fly out for the first out of the 7th inning.
After Salesianum insisted Sullivan had reached the magic number, Saint Mark’s made a change on the mound, and things became unsettled quickly.
Brett Nordmeyer welcomed the new pitcher with a long at-bat that became a walk, putting runners at first and second with one out.
Ryan Campbell then singled to shallow center, which should have loaded the bases, but despite being down by 2, Salesianum aggressively sent their runner from 3rd, who was called out at the plate for the second out of the inning.
That deflating moment didn’t deter the Sals, as Josh Maguire walked to reload the bases, and John Andreoli slid to first ahead of a short infield grounder to bring the game to 4-3.
Campbell’s courtesy runner Dominic Ragazzo then was able to sprint home as a wild pitch found the backstop, tying the game at 4.
Zachary Miller then walked to once again load the bases, before Setting took the critical pitch to his elbow, setting off a celebration behind home plate after Maguire scored the decisive run.
Salesianum found their win despite getting just 4 hits in the game, and only 3 against Sullivan in his 6 1/3 innings of work.
Despite the lack of hits, Maguire reached base three times, including a leadoff single that became a run on Setting’s fielder’s choice in the opening inning.
Shane Lougheed tied the game for Saint Mark’s in the 2nd, and then after Salesianum reclaimed the lead in the top of the 4th, the Spartans mounted a three-run rally in the bottom half of the frame.
Jeremy Vogel’s two-run single and Austin Colmery’s RBI grounder were the key at-bats as the Spartans seemed to have control of the game.
Ultimately, it would be their success against the Spartan bullpen that gave them their 5th win by 2 or less runs. They’re now 5-1 in those types of games this season.
Ryan Campbell earned the win in relief for Salesianum (7-3), he tossed 3 2/3 innings, giving up just one hit while striking out 3.
Saint Mark’s and Salesianum will meet again on Monday, May 8 back at Frawley Stadium.
Next up for the Sals is Mount St. Michael’s Academy of New York on Saturday at noon.
Saint Mark’s (6-3) will look to snap their 3-game losing streak when they host A.I. duPont Saturday at 1. They’ll also face Conrad Sunday at 1pm at Wilmington University’s Wilson Field off of Route 13.