The Elyria Catholic varsity baseball team scored 11 unanswered runs to defeat Holy Name 11-2 on Monday (April 17) afternoon.
With the win, the Panthers are now 10-1 overall and 5-0 in the Great Lakes Conference while the Namers dip to 3-2 in the conference.
Holy Name scored two unearned runs off EC senior ace Andrew Abrahamowicz in the top of the first and held that lead until the bottom of the third.
Sophomore catcher Grant McClure walked and junior second baseman Ryan Strittmather singled to start that inning and McClure scored on senior shortstop Tony LoParo’s sac fly. Sophomore center fielder Leighton Banjoff chipped in a two-out single that plated Strittmather and knotted the game at two.
EC jumped in front for good with a three-run fifth.
Sophomore first baseman Jack Laird led off the fifth frame with a double and his classmate McClure bunted him over. The ball was overthrown and Laird was able to come all the way home.
Strittmather followed with a double and junior Danny Peacock, who was pinch running for McClure, moved up 180 feet on the two-bagger. After LoParo walked, Banjoff belted a two-run double which gave Abrahamowicz plenty of breathing room.
EC’s ace worked into the sixth before giving way to Laird, and Laird got out of a mini-jam when he induced a groundball to freshman third baseman Brendan Holley who stepped on the bag and threw across the diamond to end the inning.
Holley led off the sixth with a single and later scored on Strittmather’s base knock. Later in that same inning, Holley had a two-run single which decided the final outcome after EC’s six-run sixth inning.
Abrahamowicz earned the win after working five and a third. He surrendered five hits and walked three while striking out eight. Laird got the two outs in the sixth and senior lefty Michael Nedwick worked a one-two-three seventh.
Offensively, Strittmather was 4-4 with three runs scored and Banjoff was 2-4 with three RBIs. EC’s six, seven, eight and nine hitters (sophomore Jace Drwal, Holley, Laird and McClure) were 5-14 with four runs scored and combined to drive in three runs.
Elyria Catholic and Holy Name are back at it on Tuesday (April 18) with a 4:30 p.m. game at historic League Park.