ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles East baseball team continues to put the clamps on St. Charles North.
After shutting out North in the series opener Monday, the Saints defeated the North Stars, 5-1, on Wednesday in the second game of the teams’ Upstate Eight Conference River Division series.
North’s fielding miscues contributed to most of the Saints’ five runs in the game.
“I don’t know if any of those runs were earned, maybe the last one,” North coach Todd Genke said. “But you hold St. Charles East to no earned runs and you should have a chance to win at the end. We dug ourselves too big of a hole.”
East starting pitcher Troy Dykhuis, who went the distance for the win, limited the North Stars (11-11, 7-7 UEC River) to five hits, four of them singles.
“I was getting ahead with the fastball and working with the curveball later in the count,” Dykhuis said.
Cory Wright’s pitching was the bright spot for the North Stars. Wright (3-2), a sophomore, gave up three hits and wiggled out of jams in the third and fifth innings with runners in scoring position.
“I thought Cory Wright threw the ball well today,” Genke said. “He kept us in the game.”
East (14-7, 12-4 UEC River) wasted no time in taking the lead, scoring two runs in the first inning. Leadoff batter Jack Dellostritto led off with a walk, stole second and scored on Nicholas Erickson’s single when the left fielder couldn’t get a handle on the ball.
A fielder’s choice and a stolen base advanced Erickson to third. The senior drove in the second run on a sacrifice fly by Brian Sobieski.
The host Saints added two more runs in the fourth. Nick Huskisson opened the inning with a double and advance to third on an Anthony Sciarrino fielder’s choice. Huskisson scored on a sacrifice bunt that Adam Rojas dropped deftly on the third base side of home plate.
“I saw the coach put on the sign and I got excited because of the intensity of the play,” Rojas said. “I was ready to put it down and got the job done.”
Sciarrino scored on a Dellostritto single.
East scored its final run in the sixth. Brannon Barry scored from second on a sacrifice bunt by Sciarrino, when he alertly noticed that no one was covering home plate.
“We took advantage of miscues and manufactured some runs. That last one was a bonus,” East coach Len Asquini said. “We weren’t expecting that last one. We were just trying to get him over to third base and noticed that home was a little open.”
North spoiled Dykhuis’ shutout in the seventh inning.
Riley Coomes started the inning with a single, the first North Stars hit since Jack Dennis’ double in the third. Tim Misner followed with another single. Frankie Farry loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch. Coomes scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Drawant.
Dykhuis (4-1) ended the rally by getting Kurt Barbeau to fly out.
The teams wrap up the three-games series today at St. Charles North.