Senior Anthony Pascucci made his first varsity start Monday, but he certainly didn't pitch like it.
Pascucci struggled through a rocky first inning, but recovered well and allowed only two runs while picking up the win in Rock Bridge’s 6-2 home victory over St. Dominic.
“I wanted to just go out there and get after it,” Pascucci said. “I didn’t really get going in the beginning, but Coach gave me a little talk and then I started to kick it in gear and start dealing. I’m happy we got the win.”
Pascucci’s solid outing kept the Bruins in the game and left them locked in a 2-2 pitching duel through 5 innings.
“Overall he did great,” Rock Bridge coach Justin Towe said. “He’s been doing what he’s been doing all year, pounding the zone. He got a little loose in the first inning. He wasn’t getting a lot of swings and misses because he wasn’t trusting his pitches. Once he started trusting those pitches, he started getting strikeouts and we were gonna play good defense behind him."
Ultimately, it was an error that allowed Rock Bridge (11-9) to break the deadlock.
Wyatt Towe came up to the plate in the fifth inning with two outs and hit a hard grounder to the second baseman. The ball bounced off the second baseman's foot and the junior battled through his hip-flexor injury to hustle down the line and reach base.
On the next play, senior Brant Scrivner launched a ball to deep center field for a stand-up triple, scoring Towe and giving the Bruins their first lead. Two more runs in the inning and a sixth in the sixth wrapped up the win for the Bruins.
Rock Bridge struggled for momentum heading into last weekend’s Columbia tournament, getting outscored 42-4 in the Bruins' three games before the tournament. The Bruins have picked up momentum, however, and rode more consistent pitching performances for a 4-1 tournament record and third-place finish.
“It starts on the mound,” Towe said. “Pitching is the one variable we aren’t really sure of. We’re throwing a lot of guys that have only pitched (junior varsity) and they’re young, there’s not a lot of experience. As long as they continue to mature, we’re gonna have opportunities to win games. If we can continue to ride that and pound strikes, I think we’ll be okay.”
Rock Bridge will look to continue its winning ways at 5 p.m. Thursday at Helias Catholic.
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