Whaley earns first career win as Flyers beat New Boston, 18-2 – The Tribune

Whaley earns first career win as Flyers beat New Boston 18-2

Published on Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 10:02 PM

By Jim Walker

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NEW BOSTON — Three Dog Night performed the song “Eli’s Coming.” The St. Joseph Flyers sang, “Eli’s Here.”

Freshman Eli Whaley made his debut on the mound as a starting pitcher and turned in three strong innings to earn the win as the Flyers defeated the New Boston Tigers 18-2 in a run rule victory in the Southern Ohio Conference on Thursday.

Flyers Eli Whaley

Whaley gave up 2 hits, an unearned run with 3 strikeouts and 2 walks to win his debut.

Carson Lyons finished things off, giving up 2 hits and an earned run with 6 strikeouts and 2 walks in his 2 innings.

“Eli threw strikes. He got into a little jam one inning, but he kept his composure and got a double play to get out,” Flyers coach Greg Bryant said.

“We had a chance to play some of our younger guys and they did well.”

St. Joseph (6-1, 4-1) went up 2-0 in the first inning when Landon Rowe was hit by a pitch, Darryn “Hitman” Harvey, Brady “Quinn” Medinger and Lyons all walked for a point. Evan Balestra grounded out as Harvey scored.

The Flyers scored a run in the second when Kemper Kerecman walked, stole second and third base and scored on a throwing error.

New Boston (0-7, 0-5) scored a run in the bottom of the inning when Gabe Dickerson reached on a one-out error, stole second base and advanced on a . Hit by Colton Maynard and scored on another error.

But the Flyers answered with 5 runs in the third inning.

Lyons walked, stole second base and scored on a hit by Balestra. Carson Willis reached on an error when Balestra scored and Ian Whaley was safe on an error that scored Willis.

Eli Whaley and Harvey walked and Medinger drove home two runs.

The lead increased to 15-1 in the fourth inning.

Balestra singled, Carter Johnson walked, Rex Weber grounded and Balestra scored on a passed ball. Darian Barker then singled to score Johnson.

Eli Whaley doubled for Barker, Blake Medinger singled, Mason Weber was hit by a pitch, Whaley then scored on a pickoff attempt.

Brody West and Lyons walked and Balestra hit a sacrifice fly.

St. Joseph got the last 3 runs in the top of the fifth inning.

Eli Whaley walked, Blake Medinger and Mason Weber singled to load the bases and Lyon singled to Whaley. Balestra grounded in a fielder’s choice for a run, Johnson walked and Rex Weber singled in a run.

The Tigers scored a run in the bottom of the fifth when Timmy Conkel was hit by a pitch, Brison Goodman walked and Anson Bradley and Devin Allard walked to force Conkel home.

The Flyers had 8 players collect 11 total hits with Balestra 2-4 with 4 RBI, Blake Medinger 2-2, Rex Weber 2-3 with an RBI, Mason Weber 1-1, Lyons 1-1 with 3 RBI, Barker 1 -3 with an RBI, Eli Whaley 1-2 with an RBI and Brady “Quinn” Medinger 1-2 with 2 RBI.

St. Joseph 215 73 = 18 11 2

New Boston 010 01 = 2 4 3

Eli Whaley, Carson Lyons (4) and Evan Balestra. CJ Dickerson, Devin Allard (4) and Colton Maynard. W-Whaley (IP-3.0, H-2, R-1, ER-0, K-3, BB-2). Lyon (IP-2.0, H-2, R-1, ER-1, K-6, BB-2, HBP-1). L-Dickerson (IP-3.1, H-6, R-15, ER-11, K-3, BB-11). Allard (IP-1.2, H-5, R-3, ER-3, K-3, BB-4). Hitting-St. Joseph: Blake Medinger 2-2, Mason Weber 1-1, Brady “Quinn” Medinger 1-2 2-RBI, Carson Lyons 1-1 3-RBI, Evan Balestra 2-4 4-RBI, Rex Weber 2-3 RBI , Darian Barker 1-3 RBI, Eli Whaley 1-2 RBI 2B; New Boston: Anson Bradley 2-3, Austin Goodman 1-3 2B, Colton Maynard 1-2.