Cavs blank FH, improve to 4-0 in league
Cuthbertson High's baseball team has rebounded from its first loss of the season with two straight victories, including a 3-0 Rocky River Conference win over Forest Hills Tuesday.
The Cavaliers, now 4-0 in the league and 5-1 overall, were opportunistic on the base paths.
Drake Zupcic opened the bottom of the first inning with a double and stole third base before scoring on a squeeze by Bailey Connell for a 1-0 lead.
Cuthbertson struck again in the third inning when catcher Austin Zaretsky drew a one-out walk.
Zaretsky's courtesy runner, Matt Toland, moved to second on a balk, then took third on a wild pitch before scoring on a Zupcic single.
Connell added the third and final run in the bottom of the fourth after leading off with a double.
Connell stole third base, then, with two outs, Connell took off from third and beat the tag at home.
The Yellow Jackets (3-4, 1-3 RRC) stranded four runners over the fifth and sixth innings.
Cuthbertson started Nick Contafio on the mound and he rewarded them with a complete game shutout that included nine strikeouts. He held the Jackets to four hits.
"I thought Nick Contafio did a great job," said CHS coach Travis Little. "He went out threw strikes and mixed them up good. He played well with the charts that we had on them. I just thought he had good location with three pitches today. He held them down while we were able to tack on one run at a time. It was really crucial that he did that for us."
Contafio used a looping breaking ball to get most of his strikeouts, and also got his fastball by the Jackets at times.
"He has good, seductive velocity," Little said.
The Cavaliers defeated conference foe Central Academy 7-1 last Friday after suffering their first loss of the season at Marvin Ridge (2-0) the day before.
"We know that Marvin Ridge is always going to be a quality team," Little said. "The thing that was disappointing for us is we didn't feel that we went out there with the zeal that we typically do. We like to have that certain feel about our program. We just weren't overall pleased with ourselves with the intensity to be able to play a game like that."
The Cavaliers lost four Division I players from last year's team, and are trying to gel with new names in the lineup.
"We have a bunch of new guys playing right now," Little said. "They're good guys, they're young guys, they work hard and can be really talented. We just have to find that chemistry and they have to be able to carry the tradition that the old guys left. They have to make sure they walk out with that same type of swagger that those guys have had in the past."
The Cavaliers started six seniors, two juniors and two sophomores on Tuesday when including the designated hitter.
Cuthbertson hosts West Stanly on Friday while the Yellow Jackets travel to Covenant Day Thursday before hosting North Stanly on Friday.