COLUMBIANA-The South Range baseball team entered the season on the short list of Inter-Tri County League upper tier favorites, but was faced with inexperienced starting pitching.
Early in the campaign it appears the rotation is in good hands.
One week after staff newcomer Tyler Baird silenced Crestview in the opener, South Range sophomore Greg Dunham pitched another gem against the Rebels striking out 10 and walking none over five innings as the Raiders cruised to a 10-0 six inning victory Wednesday at the Crestview Baseball Complex.
South Range improves to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the ITCL upper tier. Crestview drops to 0-2 and 0-2 ITCL.
"Tyler and I worked hard together during the winter preparing to pitch a lot," Dunham said. "For him to pitch that great game last week and for me to pitch well tonight is a great way to get the year started."
Dunham-who was a spot starter a year ago- produced a flawless follow-up to Baird's complete-game one-hit shutout of a week ago. The right-hander peppered the strike zone with his fastball while efficiently mixing in his slider. He retired the first 11 batters and never allowed a runner past second base before being removed with the game safely in hand.
"My mechanics were very good today," Dunham said. "I didn't go out there and try to overpower anybody, I just focused on hitting my spots."
"When you establish the strike zone like Greg did you can really dictate the game," South Range coach Jim Hanek said. "It helped that we gave him an early lead to work with."
In contrast, Crestview starter Mike McDonough frequently fell behind early in the count and the Raiders took advantage with a balanced scoring effort. Dan Macinga had two singles and three RBIs, Bill Goodall had two RBIs and two runs scored and Tyler Rothbauer had a single and two RBIs. Every Raider starter reached base at least once.
"We did a great job at working the count and making him (McDonough) throw a lot of pitches," Hanek said. "We gave ourselves a bunch of chances and were able to get to him."
After sqaundering a first inning opportunity, the Raiders jumped ahead 3-0 in the second on the strength of three walks and a two-run single by Bill Goodall. After two more walks helped load the bases in the fourth, Rothbauer hit a two-run single to make the score 6-0 and chase McDonough from the game.
"Mike has been an effective pitcher for us in the past but tonight he had a lot of trouble throwing first pitch strikes," Crestview coach Matt Strank said. "You can't do that against a good hitting team like South Range."
Senior Jake Ferris got the first Crestview hit with two outs in the fourth and led the Rebels with a pair of singles. McDonough had the only extra base hit for either team with a fifth inning double.
South Range hosts United today, while Crestview hosts Heartland.
CR: 0-0-0-0-0-0- 0-3-2
SR-Greg Dunham, wp, (5IP, 10K, 0BB), Bill Goodall (1IP, 1BB, 1K) and Ryan Miller.
CR-Mike McDonough, lp, (3 1/3 IP, 5ER, 5BB, 5K), Josh DeSalvo (2 1/3 IP, 2ER, 3BB, 4K), Chris Bryan 1/3 IP 0BB, 0K) and Josh McGoogan, Jacob Wick.