Share This Page

Errors costly as No. 3 Hampton tops Knoch

| Monday, May 19, 2014, 9:12 p.m.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Hampton's Tyler Iversen bowls over Knoch catcher Asa Adams to score during the fifth inning of their WPIAL Class AAA playoff game Monday, May 19, 2014, at North Allegheny High School.

It didn't take long for the Hampton baseball team to get to Knoch's bullpen Monday in a WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal playoff game at North Allegheny.

While only allowing an unearned run in 1 13 innings, Knights starter Alex Stobert was forced from the game with an injury after colliding with Hampton's Steve Dayton as he attempted to tag him out along the first base line.

Dayton was ejected from the game, and his replacement, Matt Donelly, filled in with two doubles and three timely RBIs to lead the No. 3 Talbots (13-7) to a 6-2 win over Knoch (8-9), propelling them to Friday's semifinals against No. 10 West Allegheny.

“I don't think it was any intent on Steve's part,” Hampton coach Gary Wilson said. “Talking to the other coaches who had a better angle than I did on the first base side it was more in self-defense, but his hands came away from his body the umpire said, so they had to make the call. … Matt Donelly stepped up and filled in for him and did a great job.”

Knoch sophomore Bryan Jack came on in relief, and between a key two-run double by Donelly in the third inning and costly errors in the infield behind him, he had a tough time finding a consistent rhythm.

“We made too many errors. … There's always a winner and a loser and there's always a reason why,” Knoch coach George Bradley said. “You can't play in the playoffs like that, so that's what happened, and we didn't get the clutch hits.”

Hampton starting pitcher David Cricks allowed two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts in six innings to earn the win against Section 5-AAA foe Knoch, Hampton's third win over the Knights this season.

“He never lost his composure out there,” Wilson said of his starting pitcher. “David battles; he's gotten himself into some jams periodically throughout the course of the year, and he's been able to work out of them.”

Trailing 4-1 in the fifth inning, Knoch trimmed the deficit to two as Jordan Hickey scored on an error, but Hampton responded in the bottom half of the inning with RBIs by Donelly and Tyler Iversen.

Knoch was led by Chris Law, who had an RBI single; Cole Shinsky, who had a double; and Zach Junk with a pair of singles.

Knoch advanced to the quarterfinal matchup after upsetting Thomas Jefferson, 5-3, in the first round.

“I told the kids we're getting growth in spurts,” Bradley said. “Consequently you get those ups and downs, so this could be a learning experience for next year.”

Alex Oltmanns is a freelance writer.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.