Dukes beat Bethel 4-2 in pitchers’ duel

Kim Robins - Posted on Mar 23, 2011 - 04:34 PM

Gloucester High School varsity baseball players stand at 2-1 after a win and a loss in recent Peninsula District action. The Dukes won, 4-2, at Bethel on Tuesday in a pitchers’ duel that only allowed five Gloucester hits and four from the Bruins.

The Dukes had the advantage by making the most of their hits, stealing four bases and executing two hit and runs. They also displayed the clutch hitting that was missing in Friday’s loss to Hampton, said GHS coach Derek Kibler.

In the field, Gloucester committed two errors but Calvin Strong had a highlight play at third base and freshman Tyler Wood had two assists in his first start behind the plate. The Wood assists included a key strikeout caught stealing in the fifth.

Aaron O’Neil picked up the win on the mound over five innings. O’Neil hit a batter and yielded four hits but had three strikeouts and only one walk. Bethel picked up its two runs in the third inning. Ryan Gibson pitched the final two innings for the save, with one hit batter, one walk and four strikeouts.

On offense, David Lutz was two-for-three with a run scored and an RBI, Jacob Houston was one-for-four with a triple, a run scored and an RBI and Adam Baldwin was one-for-three, stole a base, scored a run and was hit by a pitch.

Also, Michael Clements walked, stole a base and scored on a passed ball and Ethan Sabo contributed a key sacrifice bunt and had a walk.