GREENVILLE — St. Joe’s Defeats Lewisville in First Round of Upper States
Starting pitcher Ryan Stamler allowed four hits over seven innings to lead the St. Joe’s Knights to a 7-0 victory over the Lewisville Lions in the Class A Upper State tournament on Saturday at Lasorda Family Field on the campus of St. Joe’s High School.
“We knew this would be one of our tougher opponents this year,” said Stamler. “The first inning I felt pretty comfortable and maintained that tempo for the rest of the game.”
“Ryan was great today,” St. Joe’s Coach J.B. Barwick said. “They have a great team and we were happy to get the victory.”
Lewisville’s Evan Sisk had a one-out single in the top of the first. Sisk stole second, but St. Joe’s Stamler got the next two batters to fly out. Qua Walls singled in the top of the second inning. The Lions had two hits over the next five innings.
St. Joe’s Jack Twomey had a one-out single in the bottom of the second. John Hawkins hit a line drive double between left and center field to drive in Tomey. Hawkins moved to third on a wild pitch. Sean McDermott walked and stole second without a throw.
Stamler then a line-drive single to center field. Hawkins scored for a 2-0 Knights lead.
St. Joe’s (22-1) added four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Twomey was hit by a pitch and then stole second and third. Hawkins singled down the left field line to drive in Twomey. Sean McDermott hit a blooper to center field for a single.
Stamler laid a bunt down the first base line. The throw to first base hit Stamler in the back and bounced into right field. Hawkins and McDermott scored on the play for a 5-0 lead.
St. Joe’s goes on the road for its next game, playing the winner of Fox Creek and Lamar. Lewisville will face the loser of Fox Creek and Lamar on Monday.
“I knew they were good,” said Lewisville Coach Billy Keels. “We’ve been getting scouting reports, like all coaches do, on their opponents. The report said that St. Joe’s is very good on defense and they quietly, methodically put you way slowly, but surely. They played perfect. The pitcher was as good as advertised. We hope we can somehow win a couple and come back here Friday to play again.”