Trotta fires up Mt. St. Joe, 6-1 Baseball

April 20, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Mount St. Joseph's Tim Trotta is a pistol compared to big guns such as Calvert Hall's Brian Matz and McDonogh's Kenny Cloude, All-Metro hurlers with cannons for arms.

But the senior right-hander for the third-ranked Gaels (7-1 overall, 5-1 in the A Conference) was a silencer in yesterday's 6-1 victory over No. 7 Loyola in a Maryland Scholastic Association game.

Relying mostly on a changeup and a curve, Trotta (4-0) -- who pitched just once last year in a loss to Calvert Hall -- did what neither Matz nor Cloude could against the Dons.

He went the distance, allowing three hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. He held the Dons (4-2, 3-2) hitless until Ruffin Bell bounced a fourth-inning triple off a tree in deep center field.

Bell (2-for-3) scored Loyola's only run on a two-out triple by Chris Marshall, who was stranded after Trotta (86 pitches) fanned Jason Smith for the second of three times.

"I just kept the ball down with my curve, particularly my sidearm, later in the game," said Trotta, who has 24 strikeouts in 28 innings. He also had a third-inning RBI single that gave the Gaels a 3-0 lead. "This is the best competition I've faced, with my best control. It shows that when I'm throwing strikes, I can beat anybody."

What makes Trotta's effort so impressive is that the Dons had reached double figures in hits against second-ranked Calvert Hall in a 14-10 loss, and against fifth-ranked, defending MSA A champ McDonogh in a 12-10 victory.

The Dons' first five batters entered yesterday's game with a cumulative .409 average, but went 3-for-15 against Trotta.

"That slow, off-speed stuff had us totally out of whack," said Loyola coach Dave McCann, whose defense (six errors, two passed balls) failed to support ace Tom Dugas (2-1), who threw 111 pitches with five strikeouts and two walks over seven innings.

It was 2-0 after first baseman Buddy Edmond's two-out, two-run

homer -- his second home run of the year -- scored Dominic Steward, who had tripled. Shortstop Steve Matcuk tripled and Trotta brought him in.

"That's how we get rolling every time," said Edmond, who is tied with Steward with a team-high nine RBI.

Loyola committed three errors and had two passed balls in the Gaels' three-run fourth.

The Gaels' Ryan McGonigal singled, went to second on a throwing error, and scored on a single by Matt Neighoff, who later scored on a passed ball.

It was 6-0 after Steward reached on a fielder's choice, took two bases on a wild pitch and scored on an error.

"We catch the ball, we can beat anybody," said McCann. "But we didn't do that today."

Gaels coach Dave Norton was satisfied with his decision to go with Trotta instead of Ben Daniels (1-1).

"Daniels throws everything pretty hard, but most high school teams can hit a fastball pitcher," Norton said. "We went ahead with our plan to shut them down by keeping them off balance."

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