A one run loss to Riverside on Monday left the North baseball team in a foul mood.
The Rangers responded with a 5-0 road win over the Beavers on Tuesday to earn a series split and remained in a tie with Mayfield for first place in the Western Reserve Conference.
“We had a tough one yesterday,” said North coach Kyle Stahlberg. “I felt and the guys felt like we didn’t perform to best of our abilities. We came out today focused and hungry for this one. I could tell they wanted it.”
Riverside wanted it too, which left the game scoreless until the top of the third when Kenny Streb hit a one out single and stole second. He scored on Charlie Finucan’s two out single.
The Rangers made it 2-0 in the fourth on a single by Brad Burrows, who scored on an error.
Streb’s one out single in the fifth led to another run when he stole second and third and scored on Tyler Nagorski’s double.
Jake Arrison’s two out double in the sixth scored Brian Stergar and Zack Mitchell.
“Streb did his usual, getting on and then, as always, was a threat when he was on base,” Stahlberg said. “He had another excellent day. Tyler Nagorski continues to have a hot bat. He had a big double for us and Jake Arrison had a really clutch double that helped plate some runs. They had some big hits for us in the game.”
Finucan allowed just four hits and struck out five in a complete game shutout.
The closest the Beavers came to scoring was in the bottom of the first when Burrows gunned down a Riverside runner attempting to tag up on a fly ball to center.
“Charlie came in, what we’ve been working on is really trying to pound strike zone and make everybody earn it, and he was getting ahead in counts and getting them to hit the pitches he wanted them to hit,” Stahlberg said. “I can’t speak enough to Charlie just getting in there and not trying to overdo anything. He wasn’t trying to blow it by anybody. He just pitched his game and was around the strike zone all day.”
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