ST. CHARLES – Keeping hitters off balance in a baseball game is easier said that done.
Sean Sinisko did both April 13.
The Geneva junior yielded just two hits over five innings to help the Vikings snap a three-game losing streak with a 6-2 win against host St. Charles East.
“I was feeling great,” Sinisko said. “Everything seemed to be working in the right situations. I just trying to attack every batter on every pitch, trying to get it over the plate and having movement, keeping them on their toes and guessing.”
Consider it mission accomplished.
The lefty retired the first 10 batters he faced with seemingly little effort, and just one of the balls put in play in that span left the infield. He earned five of his six strikeouts through 3-1/3 and needed just 65 pitches to get through five innings and earn the win.
“Everything was super sharp, his fastball, has change up and his curveball,” Geneva coach Brad Wendell said. “He was throwing three pitches for strikes and everything just looked sharp.
“We needed that from him on the mound.”
Dom Guido, Josh Rose and Graham Owen had three straight singles to start the second inning for the Vikings (6-5 overall, 3-2 Upstate Eight River). Niko DiLeo’s groundout plated Guido and Jason Peruba’s groundout scored Rose.
After the Saints (8-4, 3-1 UER) cut the deficit to 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Geneva answered with four runs in the top of the fifth.
Peruba, Nathan Dewey and Dylan Baer led off with three straight single, the latter two attempted sacrifice bunts that went for hits. Jeremy Davis hit a sacrifice fly that scored Peruba. After Jack Olson reached on a fielder’s choice, Guido laced a double to deep left field to bring home Dewey and Olson. Rose followed with a double that scored Guido.
Patrick Griffin’s single scored John Carroll for East’s first run, and Niko Klebosits singled home John DelloStritto in the sixth, but that was the extent of the Saints’ offense as the struggles at the plate that started with Sinisko on the mound carried over throughout the game.
“As much as I’m upset about out offense, you have to give kudos to their guys,” East head coach Len Asquini said. “We did not do much offensively this whole series, so you have to give kudos to their pitchers. They hit their spots and kept us off balance.”