Eagles Top Parma to Advance in Baseball Playoffs
The St. Edward baseball team struggled at many points this season, entering Thursday's game with an 8-14 record. Head coach Matt Rosinski and his staff hoped that a very challenging schedule would build the team's mental toughness in preparation for the OHSAA state tournament. The plan worked on Thursday afternoon in Kent, where the Eagles defeated Parma 10-0 in six innings to advance to next week's district semifinals. Senior left hand pitcher Quinn Lavelle was dominant, striking out 11 and allowing only two hits in a complete game performance.
Parma entered the game coming off a 16-0 first round tournament win over John Marshall. They started this game strong, with leadoff batter Bobby Hausler hitting a double to start the game. The hit excited Parma's fans, who were hoping to pull an upset against the Eagles. Lavelle quickly settled in, striking out the next batter, then escaping the inning with a double play. "You just got to bear down," said Lavelle, a Northwestern recruit, about the opening inning. The Redmen never had another scoring threat, as a second-inning single provided their only other baserunner of the game. Lavelle retired the last 13 batters he faced, striking out nine of them.
St. Edward scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning, effectively taking control of the game. Lavelle helped his own cause by driving in the first run with a one-out single. Senior Mark Mohnickey, a Toledo recruit, followed with a single to drive in Lavelle. First baseman Spencer Marinac later knocked in two runs with a triple, and a sacrifice fly by Danny McGuire made the score 5-0 after the first inning. Parma stepped up in the next few innings, holding the Eagle offense to just two runs in the next three innings. St. Edward led 9-0 after five innings, and scored the final "run rule" run in the 6th inning behind a pair of doubles from Lavelle and Mohnickey.
St. Edward's next OHSAA tournament game will be Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 pm in Strongsville. The Eagles will face the winner of tomorrow's St. Ignatius/Valley Forge game. The team is hoping that today's win will be the start of of a strong postseason run. Lavelle, the team's ace pitcher, is expected to start in that game, which most likely will be against archrival St. Ignatius.
Mike Deneen has extensive experience covering sports and community stories for the Lakewood Observer. Mike has been a Senior Industry Analyst for the Freedonia Group in Cleveland, Ohio, since 1998. He has appeared on CNBC’s Closing Bell, NPR’s MarketPlace and has been quoted multiple times in The Wall Street Journal. He has made multiple guest appearances on ESPN Cleveland radio. Mike also writes for Inside Northwestern, a website that covers Northwestern Wildcat Athletics. You can reach him on Twitter at @MikeDeneen1