By Jeremy Balan
Lick-Wilmerding High School’s opportunistic offense stole eight bases and took advantage of seven Urban School errors en route to a 14-2 win at Big Rec on Friday.
“We have a lot of speed on the team and we just run,” said Lick-Wilmerding Head Coach Manny Granillo. “Our strategy is to run, so the infielders are moving and maybe a hit will go through. We don’t care if there’s an out, as long as it’s productive.”
The Tigers (9-3, 2-0) collected 13 hits, including back-to-back RBI doubles from seniors Matt Wittlin and Matt Waters in the fourth inning that keyed a five-run rally.
“Sometimes you get the bounces, sometimes you don’t,” said Urban Head Coach Noah Bowling. “Our guys came out a little flat today and didn’t take advantage of our opportunities when we had them.”
Lick-Wilmerding senior Danny Baldocchi starting pitcher allowed one run on one hit over 4 1/3 innings to pick up the win, but allowed baserunners in every inning and had five walks to go along with five strikeouts.
“He had a good game today, but he’s gotta work on throwing more strikes. He’s got the arm to get out of those situations though,” Granillo said. “Danny just needs to work a little longer. He got to about 85 pitches and got a little tired.”
With the win, Lick-Wilmerding remains undefeated in early Bay Counties League West play, but will be entering the heart of its league schedule next week.
“I hope this is a good stepping stone for us this season,” Granillo said. “I really think that we’re one of the strongest teams in the league and hopefully we keep getting better. We’ll know where we stand in the next couple of weeks.”
Urban (5-10, 2-2), after jumping out to a 2-0 BCL West record with two wins over Stuart Hall, saw its record fall to .500 with the Lick-Wilmerding sweep.
“We definitely have winning league as a goal this season,” Bowling said.