Wickliffe comes back to smack Harvey 15-4 Blue Devils coach Phil Motta earns first win since 2004
BY TIMOTHY W. SHIRER SPORTS EDITOR The Wickliffe Blue Devils are a very young baseball team. On Tuesday they opened their 2012 season against the Painesville Harvey Red Raider at Harvey. The young Blue Devils fell behind early, but rallied and eventually stunned the Red Raiders 15-4.
After the Blue Devils fell behind 2-0 in the first inning they stormed right back with four runs to take the lead in the top of the second inning.
Junior centerfielderT.J Ponzani led the Blue Devils offensive attack with two hits, including a double. Ponzani, Wickliffe's number nine hitter also had three RBI in the game.
Senior Nimesh Shah got the start for the Blue Devils and had a bit of a rough start early, throwing 28 pitches in the first inning and giving up the two runs. Shah rebounded however and went five innings. He was removed due to his pitch count after the fifth inning, he got the win and improves to 1-0.
Wickliffe coach Phil Motta said after the game, "After a 28 pitch first inning, Nimesh controlled the game with a mix of fastballs, change-ups and an effective curveball".
Motta added,"We'll need to clean up the defense a little but overall we played very well by putting pressure on the defense with strong base running."
The win was Motta's first since 2004. Motta coached the Wickliffe varsity baseball team from 1999 to 2004. The win on Tuesday was Motta's 86th career victory. The Blue Devils will quickly be back in action on Wednesday at Coulby Park in Wickliffe, when they take on the James Ford Rhodes Rams at 4:30. The Lake County-Sentinel will have complete coverage of the contest. firstname.lastname@example.org or follow Tim on Twitter @TimothyShirer POSTED 03/27/2012 22:21