PHS falls to visiting Eastchester, 4-1

PARKERSBURG – Rich Manno pitched 6 1/3 innings of shutout relief and Eastchester (N.Y.) scored twice in the fifth frame to extend a slim one-run lead to three en route to a 4-1 baseball win over host Parkersburg High Thursday at City Park.

The victory for the Eagles, now 5-4, also marked the 700th career win for veteran Eastchester head coach Dom Cecere, while the Big Reds dropped to 7-4 with the loss.

The story of the game, though, was Manno, who took over on the mound with two outs in the bottom of the first after the Eagle starter had walked four and thrown a run-scoring wild pitch. Manno went the rest of the way for the win, giving PHS just six hits and nary a walk.

Eastchester had plated two runs in the top of the first on an RBI double by Mike Milo and John Marcin’s run-scoring fielder’s choice for a 2-0 Eagle lead.

Then PHS, however, kept the visitors off the board from the second through fourth innings, keyed by a pickoff at first by hurler Jeff Davis in the second and a 4-6-3 double play in the third.

Meanwhile, the Big Reds had a runner thrown out at third base in the third on an 8-6-5 play and another caught trying to steal second in the fifth.

In the top of the fifth, the Eagles registered a pair of runs on Marcin’s RBI triple, followed by Kevin Krippel’s base-hit RBI.

PHS, which plays today at John Marshall in a 1 p.m. game, got two men aboard versus Manno in both the fifth and seventh, but couldn’t come through with any clutch run-scoring hits.

Big Red head coach Alan Burns praised Manno’s pitching performance.

“He didn’t try to throw it past us; he just hit his spots and kept us off-balance,” said Burns. “He didn’t throw the ball hard by any means, but we didn’t make an adjustment and we did a very poor job of hitting.”

Burns too had kudos for his own pitcher as Davis recorded a complete game.

“Jeff did a nice job pitching a really good game,” said Burns. “He threw 99 pitches with 60 percent first-pitch strikes, which is what you want.

“But our main problem was that we just didn’t come to hit today.”