Another tough day for Carson baseball
Appeal Sports Writer
What started out as a promising night for Carson High’s baseball team turned ugly quickly.
The Senators scored three in the first, but Bishop Manogue scored six runs in the third and six more in the fourth en route to an easy 16-6 non-league win Tuesday night at Ron McNutt Field.
The game was stopped after six innings because of the 10-run rule, and Carson coach Steve Cook held a lengthy discussion with his team in the outfield after the disappointing outing.
“We’re not throwing strikes and we’re not making plays,” Cook said. “Things are tough right now. Everything seems to be snowballing on us. I don’t know if it’s that (hangover from the Reno series) or not. We’ll find out either way (today) at practice. It’s going to get decided either way.
“That was a good team over there. It’s not like we were playing a sub-par team.”
The only bright spot for Carson was Tony Fagan, who went 2-for-3, both homers, and drove in three of Carson’s six runs.
“I thought Tony Fagan had another great outing,” Cook said.
Fagan didn’t get much help from his teammates. Carson’s third and fourth hitters, Bryt Lewis and Paul Cagle, each went 1-for-3.
Fagan’s homer gave the Senators a 3-1 lead, but Manogue scored a run off Carson starter Joe Skates in the second on a two-out double by Tim Lewis.
Skates never got out of the third inning. He left after allowing a walk and three singles, and was charged with the first four runs of the Miners’ first six-run inning. Brett Hinckley drove in two runs with a single.
David Eller came on, and he was charged with the final two runs of the inning, both scoring on a single by Ray Barrett to make it 7-3.
Fagan made it 7-4 with his second homer of the game off Matt Aboumrad, who worked the first five innings.
Eller retired the first batter he faced in the fourth, but left in favor of Cagle after giving up a double, two singles and a walk. Eller was charged with four of the six runs. Evan Miller had a big two-run single off Cagle, while Barrett and Mike Olivo drove in a run apiece off Eller. When the smoke cleared the Miners had a 14-4 lead.
Brett Valley’s run-scoring double in the bottom of the fourth cut the deficit to 14-5.
The Miners scored twice in the top of the sixth, as Hinckley delivered a sacrifice fly and an error.
Carson needed two runs to continue playing, but managed only one run on Nick Smallman’s fielder’s choice before being retired.
Manogue coach Charles Oppio said his team has been on a roll offensively, and hit the ball well despite losing a series to McQueen recently.
“Oh definitely,” Oppio said when asked if hitting was infectious. “With high school kids, it’s all mental.
“We scored a lot of runs this last week even though we got pounded by McQueen. We just didn’t pitch well. The last two weeks we’ve been swinging the bat well.”
Damon Elder led the Miners’ 15-hit attack with two singles and a double, and Lewis, Barrett, Matt Kiener and Miller added two hits apiece.
Oppio was pleased with Aboumrad’s performance after a rough first inning. The Manogue right-hander gave up two runs and two hits over his final three innings, striking out two and walking two.