Sunday, May 02, 1999

CovCath advances in baseball tourney




The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Lopsided victories over St. Henry (14-4) and Newport Central Catholic (13-2) on Saturday put the Covington Catholic baseball team in position to win the Scott Knochelman Tournament.

        “Both St. Henry and Newport CC were out of pitchers,” Covington Catholic coach Bill Krumpelbeck said. “St.Henry didn't have all their players, because their prom was tonight.”

        The Colonels meet Ryle at 1p.m today followed by a game between Newport Central Catholic and St. Henry. Both games will be played at Covington Catholic.

        If Ryle knocks off CovCath, the Raiders will share the Scott Knochelman Tournament championship with the Colonels.

        “Ryle beat us (2-1) the second game of the season in eight innings,” Krumpelbeck said. “But we've been playing much better the past several weeks.”

        Besides going the distance against Newport Central Catholic, Tommy Huller was 3-for-3 with a double while scoring two runs. Tom Beecham (4-for-7, three RBI) and Justin Boute (3-for-6, three RBI) also contributed.

        • Newport Central Catholic 12, Ryle 11 — Steve Broering's single drove in Jason Roderick with the winning run in the five-run sev enth inning for the Thoroughbreds.

        “I haven't been able to figure this team out all season,” NCC coach Jeff Schulkens said. “After Ryle scored eight in the sixth, I thought we had figured out a new way to lose.”

        Three Thoroughbreds errors in the bottom of the sixth played a big role in the Raiders' rally.

        But with one out in the seventh inning, a bad-hop single over the Ryle shortstop's head started the winning rally.

        • Ryle 5, St. Henry 4 — Junior Joe Aylor, normally a relief pitcher, was inserted into the lineup in the fifth inning and got a chance to bat against St. Henry.

        With one swing, Aylor came through with a bases-loaded, two-out single in the eighth inning, driving in pinch runner Jeremy Gruelle with the winning run.

       



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