CARY – The Johnsburg baseball team used excellent starting pitching, timely hitting, and good defense to beat Cary-Grove 8-1 in a Fox Valley Conference crossover matchup.
Johnsburg starting pitcher Collin Ridout took advantage of tough hitting conditions Tuesday. Ridout (2-0) pitched six scoreless innings and gave up four hits with seven strikeouts. Any time the Trojans (7-6,2-2 FVC Valley) threatened, Ridout was able to pitch out of the jam.
“I have to give a lot of credit to the defense today," Ridout said. "They made all the plays behind me and as a pitcher that is all you can ask for.”
The Skyhawks (4-6, 2-2 FVC Fox) got the scoring started in the third inning. Johnsburg had three straight singles that scored two of the runs and followed that with a safety squeeze that scored the third run.
The game remained 3-0 until the seventh inning, when the Johnsburg offense really got going. A Ridout single drove in a run and Kevin Kordik put the game out of reach with a long grand slam home run to right field. Cary-Grove scored their only run in the bottom of the seventh.
Johnsburg coach Sam Lesniak loved the effort his team gave in their victory over Cary-Grove.
“We really played solid in all phases of the game and gave a great team effort,” Lesniak said. “We had some great hits with runners in scoring position, we played very solid defense, and Collin (Ridout) was phenomenal on the mound. He had great velocity and his curve seemed to buckle every hitter. This was a very good win.”
The Skyhawks were led by Ridout, who had three hits and scored two runs. Kordik had two hits and drove in five runs.
Cary-Grove stayed in the game until the seventh inning, but just couldn’t get that key hit when they needed it most.
“You can’t make six errors and expect to win,” Cary-Grove coach Don Sutherland said. “When we got on base, we got picked off way too many times and, when we had runners in scoring position, we struck out. When you do stuff like that it makes it really tough to win games.”
The Trojans were led by Matt Sutherland's two hits and an RBI.