Gaels’ ace strikes out 13 Cavaliers as St. Joe continues to surprise
In baseball pitching is everything and when John Torroella takes the mound, the Gaels can beat anybody.
Just ask second-ranked Archbishop Spalding which traveled to Irvinginton on Tuesday afternoon and got no-hit by the fireballing right-hander, as No. 20 Mount St. Joseph defeated the Cavaliers, 3-0, in MIAA A Conference baseball.
Torroella need 108 pitches to go the distance. He walked five batters, but never more than one in an innings, and neutralized each and every threat with 13 strikeouts. Spalding did not have single runner advance beyond first base.
“I felt great all around,” said Torroella. “From the start of the day I was confident. Before the game started coaches and players were asking me how I’m feeling. I’m going one at a time.
“When we scored the first run, I knew we had the game. I was confident in my stuff the whole day and was pretty sure I could go the whole game. I could be more proud of the team. It was a solid effort all around.”
St. Joe coach Phil Kraska said Torroella improves the confidence of the entire team.
“John is pitching at a different level,” said Kraska. “He is fierce on the mound, shows no emotion, and has the game completely in his control. Every time I talk to him, he is confident and determined. I couldn’t ask for a better senior leader and competitor.”
St. Joe got the only run it would need when Ethan Grieb drew a one-out walk in the bottom of third, moved to second when Justin Looney was hit by a pitch and scored when Michael Rosen doubled to left off Spalding starter Zach Powers.
The Gaels added two more run in the 5th when Grieb and Looney were again on the base paths with Rosen at the plate. Both runners scored when Rosen’s ground-ball to short was booted for an error.
Powers also pitched a complete game, allowing just three hits and only one earned run, as Spalding finished with two errors. He struck out nine and walked just three.
St. Joe (7-2 overall) is now 4-1 in the A Conference, just behind league leading Gilman and Calvert Hall, which both improved to 5-0 on Tuesday.
Spalding (6-3 overall) slipped 2-2 in the A Conference.