Friday, March 07, 2014 8:46 PM
Published on: Thursday, May 09, 2013
By Holden Wilen
SILVER SPRING – Senior starting pitcher Daniel Fishback led the Quince Orchard High School baseball team to another win Thursday evening at Blake High School, pitching a complete game in the team’s 6-2 victory.
Fishback allowed four hits, had seven strikeouts and gave up two earned runs. He was helped in large part by a five-run second inning by the offense.
Blake took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run double by senior outfielder Stefan Sigwalt. In the top of the second inning, however, Quince Orchard answered right back.
With one out, senior Cole Brott became the first of six consecutive Quince Orchard hitters to reach base. The first run came when senior rightfielder Michael Cuda was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Another run came in after the next hitter, junior Perry Konecke, reached base on a fielding error by the shortstop. In total, the Cougars scored five runs in the inning on five hits.
“We answered back and got a couple hits,” Quince Orchard head coach Jason Gasaway said. “They made a couple mistakes that helped, and it was huge to answer back.”
Fishback helped himself by scoring an insurance run in the fourth inning, when he scored after Brott reached base on another fielding error by Blake’s shortstop.
Despite the win, Gasaway said he was disappointed his team stranded so many runners. Quince Orchard left a total of ten runners on base in the game.
“We have got to do a much better job of getting those guys in and then this game is a little more comfortable than it was,” Gasaway said.
Blake head coach Steve Murfin said the second inning was the downfall for his team, as well as costly fielding errors. Although his team had opportunities to mount a comeback, he said it could not capitalize on its chances because of Fishback’s ability to get out of jams. Blake left a total of five runners on base.
“If you are going to score on Quince Orchard, you have got to have base hits,” Murfin said. “You are not going to squeeze something through a good team like that. You have got to have solid hits. We thought we could hit him, but we didn’t. He made adjustments throughout the game to keep our hitters off balance. That is what a good pitcher does and what a good team does.”