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Tue. March 18, 2014 | Mary Kenney

At Central
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Central 6, Gulf 0    
Bishop McLaughlin 3, Mitchell 2

Pitchers of the day
Central right-hander Grayson Brown, backed by a deep field, gave up no runs and kept Gulf from running past second base. The win is Brown’s first of the season. …Bishop McLaughlin right-hander Franklin German gave up just two runs in four innings. Jake Fowler came on in relief in the sixth and struck out a batter with a runner on third to end the inning.

Hitters of the day
Thomas Sorrentino was 2-for-4 and batted in five of Central’s six runs. Matt Clark bunted in the fifth for the final RBI and scored a run. …Mitchell’s Cobi Johnson was 3-for-3 and earned a run in the fourth to put the Mustangs on the scoreboard. …Drew Stofanik hit 3-for-4, including a double, and he added an RBI and a run to keep Bishop ahead.

Defensive gem of the day
Mitchell’s Josh Lamb hit a fly to leftfield in the bottom of the fourth that threatened to send him and Ryan Fontaine home, which would have put the Mustangs ahead. Quick reflexes and a fast throw by the Hurricanes stopped Fontaine at third to end the inning.

Dugout chatter
“Our plate discipline. …We get a couple of days off because of weather — we need to get back in the rhythm, because we know whichever team we face (Wednesday) will be good.” — Central coach Al Sorrentino on what the Bears need to improve

“We need to catch pop-ups. Our pitching did all we could ask it to do. We need to play better defense.” — Bishop coach Jeff Swymer

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