Baseball: Law's Jeremiah Bravo wins pitching duel
An inter-conference pitching duel between St. Joseph’s Ben Talbot and Jonathan Law’s Jeremiah Bravo ended in favor of the host team when the Lawmen defeated the Cadets, 2-1, in Milford on Saturday.
Law improved to 5-4. St. Joseph saw its five-game win streak snapped and it's record go to 5-3.
Bravo pitched six shutout innings for Law, before Rob Griswold pitched the seventh. A junior, the right-hander was pitching for the first time in nine days. He gave up three hits, walked one, and struck out five.
Talbot, starting his first varsity game, went 5.2 innings. The freshman right-hander allowed two runs, none earned, gave up two hits, walked three and struck out five.
Law scored both its runs in the sixth inning.
Tom Marchitto opened the frame with a single to left. Frank Mucciacciaro walked on a 3-1 pitch to move pinch runner John Speer to second.
Talbot, who used his off-speed pitch to entice a number of ground balls, did so again but the ball was misplayed. Speer scored and Law still had runners on the corners.
Charlie Pagliarini at third got an out at home on Griswold’s grounder up the line. Cadet catcher Zach Dunkel made a good play to get the putout.
Talbot notched a strikeout, but after a walk loaded the bases, Connor Hurley came on in relief.
Mitchell Smith worked out a run-scoring walk before a fielder’s choice grounder to Neil Velasquez at shortstop ended the inning.
St. Joseph scored in the bottom of the seventh (the game was switched to Mlford because of field conditions).
Matt McKernan walked with one out before Tommy Montelli’s grounder went through for an error to put runners on the corner.
Al Paolozzi hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-1, but Griswold put the last out in the book on strikes.
The Cadets turned a 1-3-5 double play in the second, with Paolozzi throwing across the diamond to Pagliarini after a successful sac bunt attempt saw the runner try to take an extra base.
Law turned double plays in the second and sixth innings to erase lead-off base runners.