The Our Lady of Mercy Bobcats are young, but that isn’t keeping them from winning on the diamond. With a 9-2 win over the Galloway Scots on Saturday, the Bobcats kept their early season momentum going.
The Bobcats feature just one senior on their roster, outfielder Kevin Walker, and six freshmen, but that hasn’t stopped the youthful squad from succeeding. At 4-4 overall and 3-3 in the region, Mercy is seeing some things they like.
“We had clutch hits in tight situations and that gives you the confidence to go up against the next guy that’s a little bit better,” said coach Kevin Nix. “We’re playing some teams that we should compete with and we’re getting wins. What we’ve got to do beyond that is be more competitive when the competition steps up. Wins like this help us do that.”
Mercy got another strong outing on the mound from freshman hurler Deaglan Mallaly. Mallaly pitched a complete game, allowing seven hits, no earned runs, and striking out five.
“Deaglan is doing a good job. He’s not wasting a lot of pitches,” said Nix. “I don’t want him to get a big head, but he’s got a bright future if he continues to improve.”
Another pair of freshmen played a big role in the win in Anthony Angelety and Marco Hodges. Angelety racked up four hits and drove in three runs.
“Anthony is very serious about baseball. He loves it. He’s still a freshman so he chases some pitches, but he never gets cheated and I like that. He’s coming along well,” said Nix.
Hodges manned the hot corner and shook off a pair of miscues early to make a clutch unassisted double play to put Galloway away in the seventh. After the Scots notched a leadoff triple, Hodges made a stellar diving catch of a scalded line drive, then recovered to pounce and tag out the runner leaning off third. That killed Galloway’s rally hopes and iced the win for Mercy.
“I’m glad that Marco got a chance to turn that double play,” said Nix. “He had a couple tough ones, but he’s a good player who won’t make many mistakes.”
Mercy got a good game out of second baseman Andrew Calderara who drove in one and played solid defense up the middle.
“Calderara has been a big surprise for us,” said Nix, who initially had him slated for third this year. “His read on the ball is better. His quickness and movement to the ball is better. He’s really doing a good job and hitting the ball well.”
Galloway looked like they would start the game hot after leading off the game with an infield single. Instead, catcher Brian Freeman wiped out the base runner. The Scots went for a steal but Freeman fired a bullet down to second to catch the would-be thief. A Mallaly strike out and a diving stop from Calderara did the rest.
Mercy plated a run in the bottom half. Aaron Ushery drew a walk and would later score when Kevin Walker scorched an RBI single. They added one more run in the third inning on Calderara’s two-out RBI knock.
The Bobcats tallied three more in the fourth inning. Mallaly started it off with a single, then the bases were loaded with one out on a Jordan Rachmann bunt single and Urshery hit-by-pitch. Angelety blasted a two RBI double over the centerfielder’s head and Justin Emerson plated one on a sacrifice for a 5-0 lead.
Freeman set up another run in the fifth when he crushed a double to the gap. Mallaly reached on a error that scored courtesy runner Bennie Sherman for a 6-0 advantage.
Galloway got on the board in the top of the sixth, scoring two on an error.
The sixth inning was another big frame as Mercy put the game out of reach. Rachmann and Ushery singled, then Angelety drove one in. Emerson followed with an RBI knock, then Walker plated one more on a sac fly for the final tally.
Galloway’s last-ditch effort was squashed in the seventh with the stellar double play by Hodges.
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