Adrian Calez silences Euclid Panthers in Lake Erie League action

LORAIN — Two weeks since his last start, Lorain ace Adrian Calez took the mound against Lake Erie League-leading Euclid on Tuesday afternoon.

Despite getting into some early trouble, Calez kept the Panthers offense quiet, surrendering just one run in five innings to guide the Titans to a 6-1 league win over Euclid at The Pipe Yard.

“I thought Adrian did a good job for us today, got out of some jams,” Lorain Head Coach Brad Ternes said. “When he is mentally ready to go and fully engaged, Adrian is a very tough pitcher to beat.”

Things didn’t start off very well for Calez. He walked the bases loaded in the first inning. Unfazed by the situation, Calez quickly struck out Euclid’s Jared Rogers to strand all three runners and come out of the inning unscathed.

After shutting down the Panthers in the second, the Titans offense gave Calez some run support. Andre Morales (walk) and Desmond Guice (single) got things started for the Titans. Morales then scored and Guice advanced to third after Euclid’s pitcher Cam Fuller overthrew first on a Demon Hisle bunt attempt. Ryan Osko then came through with a rare sacrifice fly that scored Morales and Guice, who both scampered home.

The three-run second inning ended up being more than enough for Calez and Michael Velez, who came in to relieve Calez in the sixth inning, blanking the Panthers while giving up just one hit.

“Their pitchers did a great job limiting our offense today,” Euclid head hoach Brian Leroy said. “Calez is definitely one of the better pitchers in the area, and (Velez) came in and picked up right where Calez left off.”

It wasn’t until the fourth inning that Euclid got their first hit of the game off Calez. The Panthers then singled three straight times to start the fourth, and had four hits in their first five batters of the inning.

Unfortunately for Euclid, the one that didn’t get a hit, bunted into a double play that all but ended the Panthers rally with just one run scored.

The Titans added insurance runs in the third, fourth and sixth, all coming off two-out hits from Titan batters.

“We did a great job of coming up with big two-out hits today, and that is always good to see,” Ternes said. “Hopefully we can keep that going.”

Calez and Velez combined to hold Euclid to just one run on five hits as Calez improved to 2-0.

The Titans, who were paced by Ryan Osko and Matt Andujar with two hits apiece, improve to 7-3 on the year and 4-1 in the LEL, while Euclid fell to 5-2 (3-1 LEL).

“It seems like the team is really starting to gel these last few games,” Ternes said. “Guys are becoming more comfortable with their roles and you can see it.”

Lorain will host Shaw today (4:30 p.m.) at The Pipe Yard before hosting Amherst in a doubleheader on Saturday.

Lorain 6, Euclid 1

Lake Erie League

Euclid (5-2, 3-1) 001 000 0 — 1 5 2

Lorain (7-3, 4-1) 031 101 x — 6 6 0

TWO HITS OR MORE — Euclid: Kohler; Lorain: Ryan Osko, Matt Andujar; WP — Adrian Calez (2-0), LP — Fuller (1-1).

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Last Updated: 4/17/2013 11:43:48 PM EST

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