PRINCETON — Princeton was unable to hit the ball while three innings worth of scoring proved to be enough to give visiting St. Bede a 6-0 victory in NCIC baseball play Tuesday at Prather Field.
“Kind of a cloudy game. We started off and we left a lot of guys on. We can’t afford to do that. We got some key hits, but other than that we didn’t hit the ball really well throughout the whole game,” Bruins coach John Bellino said. “I thought our pitching did really well and that’s what made the difference.”
The first inning was quiet with St. Bede unable to advance runners Sam Lucas and Brad Groleau past second base. Princeton went three up and three down in their first at-bats from J.J. Vaccaro, Isaiah Taylor, and Matt Hayes.
In the second inning, the bats woke up a little bit more for both teams. The Bruins’ Brandon Pietrowski led off the inning with a single. He was advanced by a grounder from Austin Schwab and eventually scored the game’s first run.
Tiger outfielder Tyler Marvin got a base hit and advanced to third with a steal, but was tagged out at home.
The third inning proved to be the difference in the game. St. Bede shortstop Bobby Morrow made it to first, due to a Tiger throwing error. Sam Lucas doubled to put two runners in scoring position. Groleau followed with a grounder to advance Morrow, leaving the score 2-0 Bruins.
Schwab added a two-run double to give St. Bede a 5-0 lead in what would turn out to be the most productive offense in the game.
“St. Bede came out to play. Except for that one four-run inning they had, we kept it close,” PHS coach Tim Taylor said. “We kept hitting fly balls. We had 10 fly balls and we got picked off four or five times. We had a couple of errors in decision-making as well as throwing errors and fielding errors. So, they all added up to a 6-0 game.
“They played a good game. Hats off to St. Bede. We just did not play our best game by any means. It looked like we had some jitters coming into our first conference game. So, we weren’t our characteristic (selves).”
Princeton didn’t have that much luck with their only base runner, Dylan Schafer, caught in a pickle and tagged out.
The Bruins tacked on one more insurance run in the fourth with Morrow sending Jake Postula across home plate.
The game didn’t see much more action offensively the rest of the way. Princeton did get two base runners on at first and third in the bottom of the seventh, but they were stranded.
Michael Bellino picked up the victory going five innings with Logan Bima finishing the final two frames.
Offensively, the Bruins were led by Austin Schwab with three hits including two doubles and two RBIs. Brad Groleau, Sam Lucas, Brandon Pietrowski and Jake Postula also had two hits for the Bruins.
St. Bede moves to 7-0 with the victory and is slated to host the Tigers at the Academy on Thursday to conclude their two-game NCIC series.