BOURBON — The John Glenn Falcons played a near perfect game in all three phases as they routed the Triton Trojans 11-0 on the Trojans’ home turf Friday night.
Senior Mark Einhorn threw a one-hitter with nine strikeouts and one walk, with the lone hit not coming until the sixth inning, and the Falcons played solid defense behind him, not committing a single error in the game.
“Mark threw his best game of the season for us. I thought Mark had great command of all of his pitches,” said Falcons’ coach John Nadolny. “Drew McDonald made two nice plays for us in the hole for us. This is the way we can play. I hope we have turned the corner a bit.”
The Falcons’ bats also came to play with 10 hits in the game.
Glenn started the game by scoring three runs in the first inning with Einhorn singling and then stealing second, and Kyle Liedtky knocking him home with a single of his own. Liedtky then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Justin Gierlowski followed that with a walk. Then with runners on first and second and two out, Austin Bloss singled, which brought both runners home while Bloss was picked off at second.
Glenn continued the scoring in the second. The first two batters of the inning walked, and then Ryan Price knocked a run home with a single of his own, moving another runner to third. Another run was scored on a Drew McDonald sacrifice fly.
The Triton defense held the Falcons scoreless in the third as Triton pitcher Jayden Hargrave forced a couple of fly outs and struck the third batter out.
Leading 6-0 in the top of the fourth, the Glenn batters were at it again. After four straight balls, Triton made a pitching change to Seth Glingle. Drew McDonald then hit a double, moving the runner to third. With one out in the inning, Kyle Liedtky drove in both runs with a single up the middle, finishing the night with a team-leading four RBIs in the game. Glenn would tack on three more in the sixth to end the game in six.
“John Glenn is a solid team. They played well,” said Triton coach Randy Younis. “We are kind of a young team, and we’re trying to find our way. Some games we look pretty decent, other games we look like we are young. We need to hit more consistently and put the ball in play so we have an opportunity to get base runners on.”
Coach Nadolny hopes this game is a sign of things to come for the Falcons as the season winds down with only two weeks remaining.
“We play games like we did tonight, and then we play games where you’d think we didn’t even practice. It’s been a bouncy two weeks for us. Going into sectionals in these last two weeks, we have to get some more consistency, especially on defense,” explained Nadolny. “We went 2-1 this week, so that is a good week for us. You want to be playing your best baseball going into the sectionals. This is a good start for us.”
• JOHN GLENN 11,
TRITON 0 (6 inn.)
Glenn: 330 203 — 11 10 0
Triton: 000 000 — 0 1 0
Mark Einhorn (W); Jayden Hargrave (L), Seth Glingle (4)
2B: Einhorn 2 (G), Drew McDonald 2 (G), Jayden Mosier (T)
3B: Austin Bloss (G)