Poly's Cascio stymies Mervo in 7-1 triumph

Capitalizing on 4 errors, Engineers improve to 8-1

Baseball

High Schools

April 23, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

The Poly baseball team had hoped to begin this season with a bang. Instead, the Engineers got banged around in a wild, three-run loss to Loyola.

"First game was disappointing," pitcher Corey Cascio said. "I just got it in my mind to come back with quality starts."

Cascio continued his roll with yesterday's 7-1 victory over visiting Mervo, striking out 13 and allowing one hit.

At the plate, the right-handed pitcher went 2-for-3 with a double and his 11th RBI of the season as the defending Baltimore City champion Engineers rose to 8-1 overall (8-1 league) with their 23rd straight win against their city rival. Mervo is 4-2, 4-2.

Cascio (4-1), a second-team All-Metro selection last season, got help from sophomore first baseman Brandon Roane, who doubled in two fifth-inning runs, and first-year starting catcher Ian Armitage, who scored Almayo Wilder with his sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.

Mervo starter Chris Wilkins (1-1) struck out nine and walked only one before being lifted for Keith Sampson after Roane's full-count double off a fastball scored Stephen Christianson and Alexi Leight-Pappas.

Poly's other runs, including one by Jasmond Walker in the third inning, were scored on one of the four errors committed by the Mervo defense.

"That was one of Chris' better efforts today. Without a few errors, it would have been a lot closer. He deserved better," said Mervo coach Andy Corbett. "It's tough to start hitting curveballs, off-speed pitches when you don't get to see a pitcher the caliber of Cascio every day."

Cascio retired the first 10 batters, nine on strikeouts, and 12 of 13 before yielding his first walk in the fourth inning.

"I was thinking too much about having a perfect game, started losing my control, aiming and pushing myself to throw strikes," said Cascio, who threw 17 balls among the 30 fifth-inning pitches.

Cascio walked the first two batters of the fifth inning - and allowed Sampson to score on a wild pitch. But Cascio ended the inning with three straight strikeouts.

Cascio then relied on his defense of Roane, Armitage, second baseman Christianson and shortstop Nick Sigismondi over the final two innings, retiring six of seven batters and yielding only a two-out triple to Kenneth Williams.

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