Baseball vs. Brookfield Academy
David Mock pitched a complete-game shutout to lead the University School baseball team to 6-0 victory over Brookfield Academy in a Midwest Classic Conference game on Thursday, April 4th at Brookfield Academy.
The weather was downright cold. Snowflakes swirled through the air during the contest. But Mock was just as cool. He allowed the Blue Knights just three hits and five walks in seven innings of work. He struck out five batters along the way.
Mock said, “I came into the game excited to pitch for the first time this season. I expected to throw four, maybe five innings at the most, but I found a rhythm early on that allowed me to stay strong the whole game. I felt comfortable on the mound with all my boys behind me, ready to make plays, which they did. I kept my head up if I made a small mistake and kept on rolling, staying loose and having fun with it. It felt amazing to have accomplished a feat like a complete-game shutout in my first outing. I’m excited for the next one.”
The Wildcats did give their pitcher the support he needed, both in the field and at the plate. No play was more spectacular than one that ended the Blue Knights’ chances in the bottom of the fourth inning. With one out and BA’s Alex Star on third base, Michael Hoefgen lofted a fly down the right field line. USM’s right fielder Justin Sinykin galloped over and made the catch. He pivoted and, like a sharpshooter with a well-aligned scope, bulleted a bulls-eye throw to Blake Carey, USM’s catcher. Carey caught ball, turned, and applied the tag to the sliding Star to sink BA’s best scoring attempt with the inning-ending double play.
Meanwhile, the USM bats were hot. The Wildcats banged out nine hits. Mock had two of those hits, as did Keegan Kubicki and Tripp Grebe. Tommy Hayden, Brandon Hicks-Becker, and James Reese each added one hit.
Mock also scored the winning run for the Wildcats. He got the USM scoring started by opening the second inning with a single. He stole second and went to third on Carey’s ground out. He then trotted home on Reese’s line drive single to left. Reese went to second on a wild pitch by BA’s starter, Daniel Kim. Reese scampered home when Henry Hartjes reached on an error.
The Wildcats added to their 2-0 lead with a run in the third inning. Hayden led off. He hit a grounder down the third base line and raced to first, barely beating the third baseman’s throw. After this single, Hayden advanced to second on a sharp single to left by Hicks-Becker and continued to third on the left fielder’s bobble. Hicks-Becker also moved up on the miscue. Hayden then scored on Grebe’s sacrifice fly.
USM scored two more runs in the top of the fifth off of Star who had come on in relief. With one out, Grebe singled. He made it to third on following singles by Kubicki and Mock. Grebe scored on a passed ball. Kubicki then scored on Carey’s sacrifice fly.
Mock continued his pitching mastery, leaving the BA batters pondering the miserable day.Marcellus Dawson, USM’s head coach, commented on the game. “Todays game tested our mental strength to stay focused and play baseball in the cold spring conditions. We were able to bring our A game by staying strong in all aspects of the game. David Mock took the mound and delivered a spectacular performance by dealing a three-hit shutout. The defense played extremely well behind him by making plays. There was even a double play when Justin Sinykin caught a fly ball in right field and threw a strike to Blake Carey at the plate to cut down the runner. Our bats were awake early, which allowed us to give David some support. Tripp Grebe, Keegan Kubicki, and David Mock provided two hits apiece to lead us. I think winning these types of games in the first week speaks volumes of our team. I’m proud of this team for staying in it and competing together to beat a good BA team and having a 2-0 record in the conference. We’ll have to end this week with a tough practice and prepare for a conference rival, Lake Country Lutheran, next week.”
As Dawson noted, USM is 2-0 and 2-0 in the Midwest Classic Conference. The Wildcats play Lake Country Lutheran in a Midwest Classic Conference game on Tuesday, April 9th at Lake Country Lutheran High School in Hartland.
USM Batting leaders:
Tripp Grebe: AB, 3; Runs, 2; H, 2; RBIs, 1; BB, 1; SO, 0;
Keegan Kubicki: AB, 3; Runs, 1; H, 2; RBIs, 1; BB, 1; SO, 1; 2B, 1;
David Mock: AB, 4; Runs, 1; H, 2; RBIs, 0; BB, 0; SO, 0.
David Mock: IP, 7; H, 3; R, 1; ER, 0; BB 5; K, 5; Win