Baseball: St. Bede 4, Putnam County 0
GRANVILLE — St. Bede gave the Putnam County Panthers a Grammer lesson Wednesday morning at Jenkins Field at Putnam County High School.
Senior Dylan Grammer pitched a three-hit shutout to lead the Bruins to a 4-0 win over the Panthers. It was Grammer's third complete game of the season (the Bruins' fourth of the year), using a pitch count of just 74 pitches. It also marked first time the Panthers have been shut out this year.
"He had 74 pitches, and that's what you got to do," SBA coach Bill Booker said. "He can throw three pitches for a strike. He's never going to be overpowering with a fastball. He pitches backwards a little bit. He throws his change-up, his curveball and as long as he stays ahead of hitters, he keeps people off balance."
Grammer said he just stuck to the game plan.
"If you can locate your change-up or curve, it's very important for a guy like me who's not going to blow by anybody," said Grammer, who struck out five. "It's really about focusing up, getting ahead of batters, not allowing them to sit back on fastballs. That's mainly what it's all about.
"The game plan was good, My teammates were really encouraging me to do well and had confidence to do well. Then on the mound, I was confident in my defense, and they made some good plays, and I got the win."
PC's Chris Newsome acknowledged the Panthers had a hard time solving Grammer's pitching.
"We really struggled adjusting to someone who didn't throw very hard. It may be a little carryover from last night's game when we saw higher velocity guys," he said of Tuesday's game, which saw Seneca rally with five runs in the top of the seventh to beat the Panthers 6-5.
Trevor Mooney drove in two runs in the top of the seventh to put the Bruins up 4-0. Grammer said that made things a lot easier taking the mound for the seventh.
"Two-run lead, anything can happen in baseball. So, seeing those four runs up there, gave me a lot of confidence and helped me out for sure," Grammer said.
Luke Olson singled to lead off the seventh for PC, but St. Bede right-fielder Kaile Williams snagged a liner off the bat of Luke Carlson and threw to first base for a game-ending double play.
Williams also came through for the Bruins with his bat, knocking in their first run of the game in the top of the second.
Ben Bernabei led off the third with a deep double to the center-field fence and then scored from third base when PC starter Kyle Gorisek bounced a pitch into the dirt to make it 2-0.
The Panthers put runners on in each of the final four innings, five times overall, but could not score off Grammer.
While Booker was unhappy with the Bruins baserunning, he was pleased with their defense behind Grammer.
"I'm glad it didn't cost us in the end, because early on, it could have," Booker said.
He also said winning takes care of everything.
• Notes: The game was postponed from Monday and rescheduled for Wednesday morning with both teams on spring break to allow the Bruins to keep their home game in with Mahomet-Seymour later in the day. "Baseball guys will play whenever," Booker said with a nod to Newsome. ... A highlight of the day saw Booker take a rolling tumble to avoid a line shot to the third-base coaching box by the Bruins' Bernabei. The former Mendota Trojan baseballer and footballer joked it was probably the most athletic thing he's done in 10 years.