ST. MARYS — Coldwater’s sophomores have made quite an impression on head baseball coach Brian Harlamert early in the season. Friday night was no different.
Coldwater sophomore back-up catcher Blake Spangler had a key two-run pinch hit single that opened the floodgates for the Coldwater offense while sophomore pitcher Greg Gilliland tossed five one-hit, shutout innings to lead the Cavaliers to an 11-0 win over the Roughriders on Friday night at K.C. Geiger Park.
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Spangler was scheduled to enter the game in the fourth inning. The timing of his entrance turned out to be perfect, as the sophomore laced a pitch up the middle that scored Matt Selhorst and Grant Muhlenkamp to put the Cavs up 3-0.
“Grant is a good young sophomore hitter, but we don’t have a spot for him defensively,” Harlamert said. “I told our starting catcher Matt Kramer that he was going to catch the first part of the game to get one at-bat and then Blake was coming in regardless. Blake came in last night, same situation and got two RBIs. Tonight, same thing. He can hit it pretty well. Everyone has their roles.”
Coldwater then scored five runs in the fifth inning on three hits and three Roughrider errors. St. Marys committed eight errors in the contest as things unraveled in the middle innings.
“It’s disappointing when you think you’re making some progress and then you run into something like this,” St. Marys head coach Dave Huber said. “We’ll keep at it.”
Gilliland, the big 6-foot-4 right handed Cavalier sophomore, and reliever Adam Klosterman combined on a three-hit shutout. Coldwater won earlier in the week with sophomore Dylan Thobe on the mound going six scoreless. Between Gilliland and Thobe, Harlamert is feeling good about his staff to go along with senior starter Christian Schramm.
“We have some young guys getting a chance at the varsity level and they’ve shined,” Harlamert said. “Greg tonight pounded the zone. He’s a big, strong kid and he’s getting better. Christian Schramm is our leader in that rotation and he was talking to Greg before the game and really pumping him up.”
St. Marys’ bats have yet to heat up this season. The Roughriders have been shut out in three of their first four games.
Roughrider infielder Tyler Rose broke up Gilliland’s no-hitter with a solid single to left field in the fourth inning. Isaac Fitzgerald doubled to start the sixth inning, but Fitzgerald was stranded at third base. Dirk Fenwick singled to start the seventh inning.
St. Marys’ Mason Gross threw three shutout innings to start the game, but Gross’ control began to wane in the fourth along with the Roughriders’ defense.
“Mason threw well those first three innings,” Huber said. “We were doing what we wanted to do and then things got rough for him being able to find the strike zone. They started putting the ball in play.”
C.J. Lore, Brandon Coffey and Austin James each pitched out of the bullpen for St. Marys.
St. Marys' C.J. Lore delivers a pitch on Friday. (Staff Photo/Brian Smith)
Selhorst went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in. Klosterman had a two-run single along with Spangler’s two-RBI night. Pinch hitter Jason Bills added an RBI single in the seventh.
St. Marys takes to the manicured field at Fifth Third Field, the home of the Dayton Dragons, today at 1 p.m. against two-time defending Division IV state champion Minster.