Sailfish Pitching Dominates as Fish Defeat #10 St. Edwards 3-1
March 3, 2017
Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Palm Beach Atlantic pitching staff had a tough act to follow after allowing only two hits in a shutout win Thursday night over Winona State. The trio of Josh Turner, Kevin Fry, and Joey Hennessey matched that and more however, as they allowed one hit and one unearned run Friday night as the Sailfish knocked off No. 10/16 ranked St. Edwards University 3-1.
The Sailfish struck first on the night, as Evan Dougherty wasted no time in extending his hitting streak, as he lined a single into left field to extend the streak to 15 games. After a Noah Johnson walk and a Sean Visconti ground out, Kyle Simon plated Dougherty with a RBI ground out.
The ‘Fish added a run in the second inning as Ryan Johnson led off the inning with a single, and scored on a two-out, two-strike triple to right field off the bat of Jake Summey.
Hilltopper starting pitcher Tanner Lawson (Loss, 2-1) settled into a groove after that, as he finished with five innings pitched, allowing just two earned runs and four Sailfish hits. He was outdone on the night however by the Sailfish right-hander, as Turner (Win, 1-0) dazzled over five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, and striking out eight hitters.
Turner was followed by Fry, who threw 2.2 solid innings out of the bullpen. Fry struck out a pair of St. Edwards hitters on the night while not allowing a walk or a hit. The Hilltoppers got one run off Fry in the eighth as the Sailfish defense made two errors.
Fry was relieved by Hennessey (Save, 3) in the eighth, who got Carson Cox to ground out to end the inning. Hennessey worked around a walk, hit batter, and a Sailfish error in the ninth inning to throw a scoreless frame and pick up the save.
Summey was the lone Sailfish hitter to pick up multiple hits as he had a double and a triple on the night, raising his batting average to an impressive .362.
The same two teams return to Rubin Park Saturday for a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for noon.