Prep baseball: Sacred Heart rallies to beat Lincoln

April 26, 2011

A late-inning power surge carried the Sacred Heart baseball team to a 10-5 win over the Lincoln Cardinals on Tuesday at Centennial Park.

Caleb Morrison and Rock Curry each had home runs, as the Gremlins erased a 5-3 deficit on the way to the win.

Pitcher Cale Spangler went all seven innings for the Gremlins, striking out six, walking one and giving up nine hits.

“Big hits by Morrison and Rock,” Sacred Heart coach Steve Goodwin said. “I thought Cale battled, but he didn’t have his best stuff today. I thought it was just a pretty well-played baseball game.”

Sacred Heart (9-2, 6-1 Kaysinger Conference) struck first thanks to the aggressive base running of Chris Pottorff. Pottorff led off  with a walk, stole second, moved to third on a throwing error and scored on a sacrifice fly by Wes Register to make it 1-0.

“Sacred Heart hit the baseball (and) took advantage. That first inning they scored a run, and I don’t think they got a hit,” said Lincoln coach Will Lynde.

Lincoln (7-6, 3-4) got a pair of runs in the third to grab the lead. Austin Ridgway drove home the first with an RBI double, and Drake Young put the Cardinals in front 2-1 with a run-scoring single.

The Gremlins went back in front in their half of the third with two runs. Morrison delivered the big hit, a two-run home run to center off Lincoln starter Bryson Waibel.

That lead did not last long. Lincoln’s Christian Smith blasted a home run to tie the game at 3, and then the Cardinals added two more runs.

Cody Bennefeld drove home a run with a single to make it 4-3, and Ridgway blasted his second double to give Lincoln a 5-3 lead.

“We’ll put the ball in play,” Lynde said. “We’ve got to do a better job defensivewise. We’ll put the ball in play, and the kids will play hard. We’re battling injuries right now. If we can just hit the baseball, we’d be able to do some things, but we’ve got to do a better job fielding the baseball.”

The Gremlins took the lead for good in the fifth courtesy of Curry’s long ball. Following a pair of singles, Curry lofted a home run to center that put Sacred Heart in front 6-5.

After Spangler got the Cardinals in order in the top of the sixth, the Gremlins added four runs to grab control of the game. Caleb Tanguay drove home the first run with a single, and Morrison’s bases-loaded walk made it 8-5.

Curry followed with a two-run single to center that set the final margin. Curry finished with two hits and five RBIs to lead the Sacred Heart offense.

“I think the two big hits by Rock were pretty much the difference today,” Goodwin said. “The home run and the two-RBI single were the two biggest hits of the game.”

Spangler surrendered a pair of hits in the seventh, but got a ground ball to end the threat and the game.