Toronto blanks Riders
TORONTO – Senior Jarin McIntosh stifled the Weir High bats scattering three singles while striking out 10 in an efficient 8-0 complete game shutout Thursday at the Knight Baseball Complex.
McIntosh, who topped out at 79 mph on the radar gun of a Rio Grande College scout, helped himself at the plate with two hits and drove in three runs.
“Jarin did a great job throwing three pitches today,” said Red Knight coach Brian Perkins. “He threw strikes and kept them off balance. He pounded the zone and when you pound the zone good things happen.”
McIntosh was so efficient that he walked only one batter and went to a 3-and-2 count to two others. Otherwise he was ahead in the count throughout the Red Rider lineup.
“He’s a pretty good pitcher with a nice arm,” Red Rider coach Jason Angle said of McIntosh. “We had a chance to get ahead early on, but we made some base running mistakes. That would have changed the momentum a little bit, put it in our favor.
“Will Larch just missed a home run by a foot or so, but we didn’t hit the ball well today. We didn’t have a lot of good plate appearances.”
Toronto scored what proved to be the winning run off losing pitcher Mitch Viakely in the third inning when senior Chez Glenn drew a leadoff walk and went to second on a dropped fly ball to center field and then scored when the Rider left fielder dropped another fly.
The Red Knights followed that with a four-spot in the next inning. Ryan Cline was safe on a Red Rider error, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a bloop single to right center field by Will Newbold.
“We had to pull the infield in in that situation and Toronto got a couple of hits to the shallow outfield area,” Angle said.
Hayden Saner’s sacrifice bunt moved Newbold to second and after Chez Glenn singled him to third and stole second base, Glenn’s brother, Blaze, hit another short fly ball single over the shortstop’s head to drive both home. Blaze Glen scored on a bouncing single up the middle, this time by McIntosh.
The Red Knights tacked on three insurance runs in the sixth inning on four straight hits by Nate Stewart, Blaze Glenn, McIntosh and Bill Solomon. Glenn’s hit was a double off the left field fence that drove two runs home.
“Our kids did a great job today showing up,” Perkins said. “We’re like everyone else sitting around because of the weather. We had some really good at-bats and saw the pitches well today. And what I was really happy with today was the way we ran the bases. Our guys did a great job of taking the extra bases and moving around when we needed to.”
The Red Knights totaled 11 hits off Viakely, who walked two and struck out six. McIntosh, Blaze Glenn, Tyler Antinone and Newbold each had two hits while Chez Glenn, Nat Stewart and Solomon got hits.
The Weir High offense consisted of singles by Chris Russell, Jacob Rosnick and Jordan Allen.
The win moved Toronto’s record to the plus side at 10-9 and it hosts Indian Creek Monday.
The Red Riders, now 3-9, will play the Redskins today at Ed Bowman Field.
Toronto 8, Weir High 0
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Toronto 001 403 x – 8 11 0
WEIR HIGH (3-9): Viakely (LP, 6K, 2BB) and Curtis. Russell S; Rosnick S; Allen S.
TORONTO (10-9): McIntosh (WP, 10K, 1BB) and Solomon. McIntosh 2S, 2RBI, R; B. Glenn 2B, S, 3RBI, SB; Antinone 2S; Newbold 2S, RBI, R; C. Glenn S, 2R; Stewart S, R; Solomon S, RBI.