Matcuk powers St. Joe past Fallston

April 13, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Steve Matcuk certainly pitched in yesterday for the Mount St. Joseph baseball team.

Matcuk threw three scoreless innings in relief and had two hits, knocking in the eventual winning run, as No. 5 Mount St. Joseph defeated Fallston, 6-1, in the championship of the Jack Conley Leadoff Tournament at Mount St. Joseph.

Glen Burnie (1-2), last year's champion, defeated Poly, 11-3, in five innings in the consolation game. The Gophers used five extra-base hits to beat Poly (1-4).

St. Joe (5-0) beat Glen Burnie, 2-0, in a first-round game -- also five innings -- when Dominic Steward hit a two-run triple in the fifth. Fallston (3-2) rallied from a five-run, first-inning deficit to top Poly, 8-7. Tim Deyesu's two-run homer in the fourth gave the Cougars the victory in the five-inning game.

An RBI single by Ryan Sapp scored Brandon Brockmeyer and gave Fallston a 1-0 lead in the second against St. Joe. Brockmeyer, meanwhile, was keeping the Gaels off balance with his assortment of off-speed pitches.

St. Joe and Matcuk, however, took over in the fourth. Matt Neighoff led off with a single to center, and he moved to third on Steward's double to right. Buddy Edmond then struck out.

But Matcuk lined a 1-0 pitch up the middle, scoring Neighoff and Steward for a 2-1 lead. Starting pitcher Tim Trotta reached on an error and Jobe West singled in Ben Daniels, running for Matcuk.

St. Joe added three in the sixth, the key a two-run double by David White off reliever Shaun Matthai.

Matcuk got the win with a strong three innings in relief of Trotta. He gave up two hits and struck out two.

"I just wanted to go in there and pitch three innings and get out of there," said Matcuk (1-0). "I was in control."

Trotta threw well also, allowing six hits and one run in four innings. He threw mostly off-speed stuff, a contrast to the heat of Matcuk.

"It's a big change," said St. Joe coach Dave Norton. "[Tim's] throwing a lot of junk up there, and here comes Steve throwing gas."

Fallston wasted early opportunities against Trotta. The Cougars put runners on first and third with two out in the first but came up empty.

The Cougars had three hits in the second, but scored just once as two runners were thrown out trying to steal. Fallston finished with eight hits and put runners on in every inning.


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