Whitehall-Coplay Press

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Baseball is unbeaten

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by steve andres Special to the Press in Sports

The Whitehall baseball team is finding ways to win, and that’s allowed them to remain undefeated so far this season.

The Zephyrs have allowed 13 runs and 20 hits in their last two games, but they’ve emerged victorious in both those contests. They scored two runs in their last at-bat against Daniel Boone to eke out a 10-9 win on Saturday, and then found a way to defeat Allentown Central Catholic despite the Vikings topping them by seven hits.

Manager Shaun O’Boyle points to the ability of their pitchers to throw strikes. By cutting down on their walks, the Zephyrs have been able to weather whatever’s been thrown at them this season.

“When you’re not walking people it’s hard to string together three hits to score a run,” said O’Boyle.

They’ve also scored 16 runs in those two wins, and that’s been another big reason why they’ve remained undefeated. O’Boyle said that they’ve been tough 1through 9 this season.

“There’s not an easy out in that line-up,” he said.

He said that’ve been really good at not giving away any free bases, via errors or walks. It’s forcing teams to earn their way onto the base paths. And when you combine that with the way they’re hitting the ball, they’re going to be in every game.

“Hopefully, we can keep that up.” O’Boyle said.

The Zephs have a number of players who have been scorching the ball. One of those players is Matt Ziminsky who went 2-4 against Daniel Boone with a double and three RBIs. O’Boyle said that Ziminsky is taking advantage of his opportunities with runners in scoring position. That’s been set up by a strong group of table setters, including leadoff hitter Robbie Lamm (triple against Daniel Boone) and Jake Lisicky (double against ACC), who have also torn the cover off the ball.

“He’s been hitting the ball really well,” said O’Boyle.

John Kaintz has made an impact on the mound and at the plate, getting the save in their win over the Vikings.

Another clutch performer who’s emerged this season is freshman Owen Fischl. O’Boyle said that Fischl has opened eyes since their trip to Myrtle Beach when he helped take some of the catching load off of Adin Hoderewski. He was able to impress with the bat down south, and that translated to a designated hitter role once they returned north.

Fischl played a huge role in their win against Daniel Boone. In the top of the seventh, Ziminsky reached on an error. After Kaintz made the first out, Joe Lisicky singled. Both runners advanced, taking the extra base once the Blazers missed the cutoff. O’Boyle said that their aggressiveness on the bases has been another factor in their hot start.

With runners on second and third, an ensuing strikeout brought Fischl to the plate as a pinch hitter. O’Boyle said that Fischl hit a bloop single that scored both runners, giving him the game-winning RBI.

O’Boyle said that the freshman has a knack for getting clutch hits.

“It seems every time he comes up, something good happens,” said O’Boyle.