Poly, Cascio get last say on Mervo in 12-0 victory


April 09, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Talk is cheap, the saying goes. But Mervo's baseball team paid a heavy price for chiding right-hander Corey Cascio of defending champion Poly.

The Engineers junior went the distance for his third win in as many starts yesterday, striking out 13 batters against five walks in a one-hit, 12-0 shutout of his Baltimore City League rivals at Herring Run Park.

"They were running their mouths, saying I had a raggedy arm, but it just motivated me to shut them down," said the 6-foot-1 Cascio, a second-team All-City/County selection who has 35 strikeouts this season.

"I really didn't have my best stuff today, but they couldn't touch my fastball," Cascio said. "Most of them were working except for that one that I laid right over the plate in the sixth inning."

Cascio had a no-hitter going until that moment. That's when Mervo's DeValdo Chappel slapped a single to end Cascio's run.

"Give him credit," said Cascio, who went 1-for-3 at the plate. "It was a nice shot."

Meanwhile, Cascio got plenty of support from the bats of his Poly teammates.

The Engineers (5-0) smacked 11 hits off the Mustangs (3-2). The only Poly player who didn't have a hit, Nick Sigismondi, still had two RBIs.

Austin Carter led Poly, going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Robby Arnold was 2-for-3, with a walk, an RBI and three runs scored, and Alex Pappas was 2-for-5, with an RBI and a run scored.

Evan Curbeam had an RBI double, walked and scored twice. Todd Jacob (1-for-3) also walked and scored twice, and Brandon Roane had an RBI single, walked and scored once.

Anthony Fitzgerald had the Engineers' other extra-base hit, his run-scoring double plating Poly's only run of the first inning.

The prettiest defensive play was by Curbeam, a right fielder who ran forward to snag a sixth-inning fly ball, then threw out the runner at first base before he could get back.

"A lot of our motivation from the game came from the fact that we only had two league losses last year - and one of them was to Mervo," said Poly second-year coach Chris Vaccaro.

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