Perkins Pirates' 21-game win streak comes to halt vs. Huron Tigers

PERKINS — Coach Ray Neill and the Perkins Pirates had not tasted defeat throughout the 2013 season until Monday when their 21-game winning streak came to an end.

Behind a strong pitching performance from Colin McCready, Huron handed Perkins its first loss, 4-1 in Sandusky Bay Conference play. McCready (1-2) threw a complete game, five-hitter and did not allow a Pirate to reach third base until the seventh inning as he shut down a talented Perkins lineup with great command.

“Colin’s been pitching well for us all season,” Huron coach Sam Hohler said. “He’s had a couple of tough, hard-luck losses. He’s got a great attitude. He just shows up every day and works hard, and he’s a great teammate, great person to be around.”

McCready not only did his job on the mound, but he also opened the scoring in the top of the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly to center to score Tommy Bodgan, who led off the inning with a double to left field. Huron (9-10, 2-7) added three more runs in the fifth off of Perkins starter Quintin Cantelli (2-1), two of which came off a two-run single from Ryan Pickett. Bogdan added a sacrifice fly to left to score catcher Zach Souter to give Huron a 4-0 lead.

“That’s the difference in winning close games and we’ve been fortunate enough that we’ve had five or six games like tonight go our way,” said Neill, whose team fell to 21-1 and 9-1 in the SBC. “Tonight, obviously, it didn’t go our way. That’s baseball. Congratulations to Huron, to their coaching staff and their kids. They played well.”

Perkins got its only run in the bottom of the seventh with two outs as Quinten Harrington hit a double down the left field line to score Mason Gerold, who was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. An intentional walk to Seth Bryant loaded the bases, but Cantelli struck out swinging to end the game.

“The kids have really come together as a team,” Hohler said. “Perkins is a class act, top program. I played for Coach Neill and Coach (Chris) Cullen a long time ago, so a lot of the baseball I learned, I learned from them.”

McCready allowed a hit in each of the first three innings, but Perkins never got a runner past second base as Souter picked off two Pirates attempting to steal second. McCready finished his day giving up one run on five hits, walking three, hitting three and striking out two. Unfortunately for the Pirates, they weren’t able to make the big hit all afternoon.

“When we did hit the ball, squared some up, we hit it right at people and hit a lot of lazy fly balls,” Neill said. “But that’s baseball.

“Their kid pitched well. I don’t know that he walked many, but he hit a few guys and we had some opportunities with that. We could never put two good at-bats together back-to-back. It seemed like we get a guy on early in an inning and the next guy was out like that ... We could never get two good at-bats together. Even in the last inning it was on-base, out, on-base, out.”

The Pirates entered the afternoon having just been voted No. 1 in the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association Poll in Division II thanks to their 21-game winning streak to open the season. The streak is over, but the Pirates remain at the top of the SBC by a game over Clyde, who lost to St. Mary 3-2.

The two teams will meet on Wednesday in Clyde as the Pirates can inch closer to a conference championship. Huron hosts Oak Harbor on Wednesday.

Huron (9-10, 2-7) 000 130 0 — 4 7 0

Perkins (21-1, 9-1) 000 000 1 — 1 5 2

TWO HITS OR MORE — Perkins: Quinten Harrington, Matt Clark; 2B — Huron: Tommy Bogdan; P: Harrington; WP — Colin McCready (1-2); LP — Quintin Cantelli (2-1).

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Last Updated: 5/6/2013 10:24:38 PM EST

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