Crosby’s Nathan Gabryszwski celebrated his 17th birthday pitching the Cougars past the Dayton Broncos 3-0 on Tuesday night in Dayton. The right-hander struck out 13 in a route going performance that snapped a three game losing skid for the Cougars. The win put Crosby in the driver’s seat for the number two seed in District 21-5A.
Dayton pitcher Jerry Maddox pitched his way into trouble in the third and the Cougars made him pay without the benefit of a hit. The Dayton righty hit Crosby’s Jonathan Riffle on a 3-2 pitch to open the third. Riffle advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and moved to third on a passed ball. Centerfielder Mario Sequera laid a bunt down the third base line that Dayton’s Josh Eckerman fielded cleanly and when he threw to first, Riffle broke for home and beat the relay for a 1-0 lead.
“We are a small ball team,” said Crosby head coach Chris Wiggins talking about the game’s first run. “We are going to make things happen and manufacture runs with timely hits and smart baserunning. Tonight we had both”
Timely hits were something the Crosby offense had been lacking during their three game slide but on this night the bats came through in the clutch. Leading 1-0 in the sixth, catcher Sean Bergeron’s one out single in front of a charging KW Miller in right got things started. Trevor Larkin, running for Bergeron, advanced to second on a designated hitter Alec Lewis’ single and scored on Gabryszwski’s rbi single past a diving Hunter Hearn at short for the Broncos. A Dayton miscue off the bat of Justin Ceigelski plated Lewis with the final run of the night.
Dayton managed two hits off Gabryszwski who needed only 108 pitches to dispense of the Broncos. Catcher Chase Wiseberger recorded Dayton’s first hit in the fourth with a two out single. Second baseman Austin Hanel infield single in the fifth accounted the Broncos other hit. The hard throwing junior struck out five of the first eight hitters he faced before issuing a two out walk in the third.
“Nathan pitched a great game for us,” continued Wiggins. “He threw strikes and kept runners off the basepaths. You can’t ask for much more than that.”
Dayton (14-7, 10-4) has two games remaining, one on the road at New Caney on April 28th and a home game to finish district play against Porter on May 1st.
The Cougars (17-6, 10-3) with three games left on their schedule control their district fate having swept the Broncos in the season series. Crosby will host New Caney on Friday night April 25th, travel to Porter on April 28th before returning home for the season finale on May 1st against C.E. King. First pitch for all three match-ups are slated for 6:00 pm.
Written by: Louis Roesch
Featured picture taken by: Amanda Jordan