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VIBL: Wildcats stay calm

Farnsworth closes door on Alemany after West Ranch rallies

Posted: July 26, 2010 10:57 p.m.
Updated: July 27, 2010 4:55 a.m.

West Ranch High School pitcher Steven Farnsworth entered the game in the top of the fifth inning and controlled the strike zone with his fastball, curve ball, and circle change-up on Wednesday evening against Bishop Alemany of Mission Hills.
But the senior pitcher saved his best stuff for the seventh inning, striking out Alemany’s last two batters to capitalize on the Wildcats’ go-ahead three-run sixth and secure the 5-4 victory at West Ranch High School.

“The last inning was fun because it was the inning where you get to close out the game for yourself and for your team,” Farnsworth said.

The right-hander struck out five batters and allowed three hits in 2 1/3 innings pitched.

Things did not go quite as well for Wildcats starting pitcher Matt Blake, who allow five hits and four runs in three innings pitched.

“Matt Blake, our original pitcher, got himself into some trouble early on,” said West Ranch head coach Casey Burrill. “I though Matt did a good job of settling down and making some good pitches at big times when Alemany could have put the game away for good.”

Wildcats outfielder Ryan Riordan started off the sixth-inning rally with a double, as West Ranch jumped on Alemany starter Cody Thompson and took the lead on an RBI single by Dakota Hernandez.

The Wildcats’ bats were dormant for most of the game after scoring two runs in the first inning to match the Warriors’ quick two-run start. Alemany went on to score two runs during the second and third innings. The relief pitching of Farnsworth and Michael Silva permanently shut down the Warriors’ offense for the remainder of the game. Silva allowed no runs in 1 1/2 innings of middle relief and struck out two.

A double play in the fifth inning ended a potential rally situation for the Wildcats.

“Those things are always tough. Double plays are kind of rally swings, so it was momentum Alemany at that time,” Burrill said.  
In the sixth inning, West Ranch’s bats woke up as the team registered four hits and three runs in the inning to take a 5-4 lead.

“We want to go out there and pound the strike zone and try to hit some balls hard,” Burrill said. “The goal is to try to extend your summer as long as you can.”


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