Flannery throws 2-hitter

Senior strikes out 12 as Pallotti rolls to important `B' victory

St. Vincent Pallotti 10 Friends 0, 5 inn.


May 03, 2008|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Kieran Flannery overpowered Friends' batters and St. Vincent Pallotti collected 13 hits, including seven for extra bases, in a 10-0 victory in five innings yesterday at Panther Park in Laurel.

Flannery, a senior pitcher-catcher who was an All-Metro selection last season, pitched a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts (six in a row during one stretch) and walked two on 86 pitches for the Panthers.

"I only throw a fastball and curveball," said Flannery (5-3), who also had two hits, including a triple, and an RBI. "My curveball was breaking well today, and I had some velocity on my fastball."

It was a key Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Associaton B Conference Black Division game in terms of seeding for the playoffs that begin in less than two weeks.

"We played our A game today and got by a very good Friends team, even though the score doesn't show it," said Panthers coach Pat Courtemanche, who last led his team to B Conference titles in 2005 and 2006.

"We expect to play them a third time. Kieran is a leader and a trooper. He threw strikes with his fastball and had that good curveball."

The top three teams in the Black and Red divisions qualify for the double-elimination tournament, with the No. 1 seeds in each division getting a first-round bye.

Pallotti (13-11 overall, 9-2 league) took a half-game lead over Friends (14-2, 8-2) in the Black Division. The Panthers have lost nine times out of the league to top A Conference teams.

Flannery, who will play behind the plate at Indian River Community College in Florida next year, and Pallotti have dealt Friends junior ace Wick Eisenberg (7-2) both of his losses. The right-handed Flannery and Pallotti beat Eisenberg and Friends, 2-1, earlier this season.

Eisenberg, a left-hander who changes speeds and who has picked off 14 runners this season, pitched into the fifth yesterday before giving way to Matt Vaselkiv.

Eisenberg allowed nine hits and seven runs, struck out two and walked none on 57 pitches.

Pallotti scored three runs in the first with Flannery, Kevin Hughes and Adam Goodman getting RBIs. Two more runs came in the fourth, with Pat MacNaught doubling in one, and Lino Cressotti doubled in a pair as the Panthers took advantage of two Quakers errors in a five-run fifth that ended the game because of the 10-run rule.


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