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Several more triumphs for Aurora High baseball unit

Streak at 9 as of April 22

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: April 26, 2017 1:00 AM
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AURORA -- Everybody got involved for the Aurora baseball team as the Greenmen secured six wins in six days last week.

The red-hot Greenmen continue to win games in all kinds of ways -- pitching, timely offense, speed on the bases, depth and with some solid defense.

With a 12-1 overall record going into this week's action, Aurora also is 9-1 in the Suburban League American Conference, and in command for a conference championship.

Head coach Michael Brancazio saw his club gain a doubleheader win April 22 over Westlake at home with a 7-0 victory in game one and a 6-0 win in game two.

On the day before, Aurora avenged its early season loss to Medina Highland with a 5-3 come-from-behind home win.

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It was a victory -- fueled by 4 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning -- that Aurora needed to gain first place in the league over the Hornets, and now must close out with two solid efforts against its final foe --Tallmadge.

"Highland is a very good team.We thought we were flat in the first game loss, but if we played solid defense and had good pitching, we would be in good shape," explained Brancazio. "Our pitching found a way to get out of trouble and we got going on offense."

Aurora's big sixth inning was keyed by RBI singles by the team's No. 6, 7 and 8 hitters -- juniors Brent Henderson and Drew McVay and freshman Will Carpenter.

"They all did a great job coming through, but many times the bottom of our lineup has hitters that would ordinarily be at the top of the order in most lineups," he said. "Our depth is tremendous."

Junior righthander Tate Larrance showed why the 200-pounder is one of the team's top newcomers.

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Larrance earned his first career victory in the 6-0 win over Westlake. He went 6 innings and allowed one hit, striking out 6 batters and walking only one. He teamed for the shutout with Carpenter, who added one inning of hitless ball.

"That was Tate's first official appearance and he did really well, pounding the strike zone," said Brancazio.

Senior Bubba Arslanian went 3 for 4 with 4 RBI. He pounded out 3 doubles and scored a run. Joe Capretta also was hot at the plate as the junior was 3 for 4 with a double, one run and a stolen base.

Junior Will Hermanowski had a double and one RBI, while senior Jaret Rose had an RBI, a hit and a steal. Junior Evan Fromwiller added 2 runs, 2 stolen bases and a single.

In the first win over the Demons, junior winning pitcher Zach Elsawy and senior Dominic Tyburski combined for a no-hitter.

Elsawy (1-0), who earned the save against Highland, tossed 4 innings and Tyburski (1-0) threw 3 frames and had 3 strikeouts.

"Zach is coming along well, and has a really smooth delivery and great movement," said the coach. "He will be a key pitcher for us in the program and had some crucial pitches against Highland. He threw very well."

Hermanowski was 2 for 2 against Westlake with 2 runs and a steal. Junior Jacob Blue had 2 RBI, 2 steals, a hit and one run. Fromwiller and Carpenter each added a hit and one RBI. Carpenter added 2 runs and 2 steals, while Fromwiller also had a stolen base, plus McVay had 2 runs.

In the win over Highland, Elsawy was credited with the save in two-thirds of an inning for winning pitcher, junior newcomer Trevor Mitch (2-0).

Junior Chase Coady (2-0 this year) also pitched well as he went 4 innings and allowed just one earned run. Coady got out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam by allowing just one run.

Henderson had 2 RBI in the win, while Capretta and Fromwiller each had 2 hits. Fromwiller had a triple, one RBI, a run,and a stolen base.

McVay and Carpenter each had an RBI single as Aurora chased losing pitcher and standout Hornet hurler Bryce Budzinski. Senior Jon Blue had a double and scored once.

Aurora won 9-4 over Copley on April 20 as junior pitcher Michael Sapp earned the win and moved to 3-1 this year.

Arslanian belted a home run and had 3 RBI and 2 runs. Capretta and Henderson were also hot. Capretta was 3 for 4 with a double, a run and one RBI. Henderson had 2 RBI and 2 doubles.

Jon Blue added 2 hits, 2 runs and a triple, while senior Ben Stawicki had 2 hits, a double and a run. Jacob Blue added 2 hits, one RBI and one run. McVay and Carpenter also had one RBI each.

Rose pushed his pitching record to 2-0 with a sterling 5-hit complete game shutout in a 12-0 win over Copley on April 18. A veteran, Rose threw 83 pitches and did not allow a run as he scattered 5 hits, walked only one and fanned 5.

"That outing by Rose was huge for us," said his mentor. "That complete game really saved our arms and contributed significantly to our pitching staff."

Stawicki and McVay each had 3 hits and 2 RBI for Aurora, while Capretta had 2 hits, 2 runs and 2 RBI. Jon Blue added 2 hits and one RBI. Others with one RBI were junior John Retton, Arslanian, Henderson, Fromwiller, and Carpenter.

The Greenmen won 4-2 over Revere on April 17 as Coady got the win in relief when Aurora plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth. With 2 hits, Jon Blue also scored 2 runs and had a stolen base. Arslanian had 2 RBI, a double and a single. Fromwiller added one RBI.

The Greenmen are scheduled to play non-league games at Strongville on April 27 and at Stow-Munroe Falls on April 28 before a non-league doubleheader April 29 against Green at home.


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