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One-hit wonder: Kyle Stumphauzer throws a gem against Cleveland Heights Tigers
MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Lorain's Kyle Stumphauzer throws a pitch during the top of the fourth inning against Cleveland Heights at The Pipe Yard on Wednesday.
MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Lorain’s Adrian Calez swings at a pitch in the bottom of the second inning against Cleveland Heights at The Pipe Yard on Wednesday. Calez went 4-for-4, including an RBI single and a triple in the second inning.
MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Lorain's Nate Drabiak fields a foul ball behind the plate during the top of the fourth inning against Cleveland Heights at The Pipe Yard on Wednesday.
MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Lorain's Desmond Guice fouls off a pitch during the bottom of the fourth inning against Cleveland Heights at The Pipe Yard on Wednesday.
Stumphauzer (3-0) one-hit Amherst in the second game of a doubleheader on April 20, and came back on Wednesday to throw five 1-2-3 innings, giving up just two runs while walking two and striking out two for his second straight one-hitter for Lorain (11-6, 7-2).
“The weather’s getting warmer, so it’s making my knuckleball move,” Stumphauzer said. “It’s feeling pretty good right now. So hopefully it keeps on doing work like how it’s been doing.”
Cleveland Heights (7-5, 6-3) got its only hit of the game in the third inning on an RBI single. Stumphauzer ended the game by retiring 14 of the final 15 hitters he faced.
“The way that he controls himself and keeps his cool on the mound is his biggest asset, on top of the fact that he’s got that knuckleball working,” Lorain coach Brad Ternes said. “It’s hard to hit. The guys keep popping it up or drilling it into the ground, which also helps your defense because they’re staying on their toes, because they’re getting a lot of work out there instead of falling asleep like a lot of strikeout pitchers.”
Not to be outdone, first baseman Adrian Calez had a perfect day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs as he helped spark a 6-run second inning which gave the Titans all the offense they needed. Calez led off the inning with a triple down the right field line and scored on a Nic Billingsley double to left for the game’s first run.
“I knew that would spark the team,” said Calez of his triple. “I knew we just needed one hit to get us going. I saw it got lost up under the benches over there, but I was trucking my way over to third trying to get there.”
Billingsley later scored on a fielder’s choice to make it 2-0, and Demon Hisle added an RBI single to center to score Nate Drabiak for a 3-0 lead. Following an RBI sacrifice fly from Aaron Andujar, Calez came up for the second time in the inning and delivered a two-run single to right for a 6-0 lead as Lorain sent 12 hitters to the plate.
“He’s not necessarily one of the guys that’s always coming through for us,” Ternes said. “So for him to come up big today, that’s what we needed. We need a few more opportunities like that where a guy comes up and steps up instead of the same guys all the time. It was real nice to see him do it today.”
Cleveland Heights got its only runs in the third on an RBI single by Johnny Jones and a throwing error which allowed starting pitcher Aaron Stanich to score. Stanich drew the loss after going just 1 1/3 innings giving up six earned runs on five hits, two walks and no strikeouts.
The win moves the Titans into second place in the LEL right behind Euclid as they bounced back from a tough loss to Bedford to stay in contention for a conference title.
“That was a must-win situation today,” Ternes said. “We lost to Bedford in a game we should have won. So definitely, we had to come out today. (Stumphauzer) took control of the game and the way he kept his composure through that whole game to keep us in it, you couldn’t ask for more.”
Lorain 7, Cleveland Heights 2
Lake Erie League
Cleveland Heights (7-5, 6-3) 002 000 0 — 2 1 2
Lorain (11-6, 7-2) 060 100 x — 7 10 2
TWO HITS OR MORE — Lorain: Adrian Calez (4); 2B — L: Nic Billingsley; 3B — L: Calez; WP — Kyle Stumphauzer (3-0); LP — Aaron Stanich.
Last Updated: 5/1/2013 10:52:05 PM EST