MANLIUS — Strong winds blew at Bureau Valley Saturday, but they did not blow favorably for the Storm baseball team. A combination of strong hitting and pitching enabled the Princeton Tigers to blow by the Storm for doubleheader sweep.
The Tigers cracked 10 hits and rode the shutout pitching of starter Caleb Dickens and reliever Matt Hayes to a 9-0 win in Game 1. Three PHS pitchers stymied the Storm once again in the second inning with the Tigers completing the sweep 5-2.
“Bureau Valley has a nice team. They did a good job working all the angles on hitting as well as pitching. We just happened to have the better day,” PHS coach Tim Taylor said.
Tyler Marvin (1-4) and Dylan Schaefer (3-4) each drove in three runs to lead the Tiger offense in the opener. Hayes added two doubles and Logan Wilde went 2-3 with a RBI.
“Dylan’s bat came to life. He had a really good day,” Taylor said.
On the hill, Dickens tossed six innings of three-hit ball, striking out six and walking three for his first win of the season. Hayes fanned the side in the seventh, walking one.
“Caleb looked really good. He was hitting the strike zone with his fastball and curveball,” Taylor said.
In Game 2, J.J. Vaccaro and Hayes each had two hits with Nick Rolando and Logan Wilde driving in two runs each,
“J.J. did what J.J. always does, he produces,” Taylor said.
The Storm mustered just two hits off a trio of Tigers, including a RBI hit by Bryce Hansen.
Marvin pitched five innings of shutout ball, striking out three and walking three for his first win. The Storm scored twice off C.J. Hillard in the sixth, but Hayes slammed the door shut in the seventh.
“Tyler did a nice job on the mound. That was his best pitching game,” Taylor said of his junior right-hander’s second appearance on the hill.
• Bureau Valley was to host Fulton Monday while Princeton was scheduled to play at Henry. The Tigers will host St. Bede Tuesday in NCIC play.