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Elderton gets on winning track

| Friday, April 16, 2004

ELDERTON - Starting pitcher Cody Blystone's control was a little off Thursday at the beginning of Elderton's Section 3-A matchup with St. Joseph.

When he found the strike zone after walking the first two batters in the third inning, however, the Bobcat's rolled to their first victory of the season with a 13-4 thrashing of the Spartans.

"A win is a win even though this one was pretty ugly," Elderton coach Lou Gazarelli said. "Hopefully this win will get us going now that we got that monkey off our back."

The Bobcats can only hope that Blystone's outing is a mirror of how the team's season will go.

Elderton improves 1-5 overall and 1-1 in the section.

"This was a little bit of a confidence builder for us," Gazarelli said. "Hopefully this will start a little streak for us with this win in the section. We can finish anywhere we want to finish. If we come to the field focused everyday then the sky is the limit."

Blystone finished the game with nine walks and 11 strikeouts in the complete game victory.

"I had a little trouble finding my positioning on the mound at the beginning of the game," Blystone said. "My teammates helped me out when I got out of control and let them (St. Joseph) hit the ball."

Despite walking the bases loaded in both the first and the second innings, the Bobcats were able to escape disaster by giving up only two runs behind the strength of two first inning strikeouts, and strong defense in the second inning.

"We all played a strong game today," Blystone said. "We had our ups and down, but any baseball game is like that."

The Bobcats' bats also woke up and got some hits in the game.

"We were able to put it together offensively," Gazarelli said. "Pete (Woytowish), Greg (Stewart), and Eric (Brewer) all had great games in the box. Some of those guys really broke out today."

Blystone led the batters going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple. Brewer had three singles and Stewart added a double and a single.

Elderton's big inning came in the third when they scored five runs on three hits started off Blystone's leadoff double. Eric Brewer singled him in then advanced to third on a throwing error by St. Joseph. Spartans pitcher Chris Marsilli walked the next two batters and Woytowish made him pay. He lined the first pitch over the shortstop's head to drive in two more runs. John Reese's sacrifice fly scored another run and a St. Joseph throwing error led to the last run of the inning.

"We are here to build a program and we are here to win," Gazarelli said. "Playoffs are our goal, that's what everybody want to play for. We are pretty senior heavy so if our seniors want to take us there we can get there."

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