COLUMBIA STATION — Michael Boey had plenty of motivation Monday afternoon and undefeated Oberlin just happened to get in his way.
Trying to get the bad taste of a bad start out of his mouth, the Columbia junior did that and much more in a 4-1 win at Columbia Park.
Just how good was the right-hander?
Well, after giving up no hits thorugh three innings, he ended up allowing just two, while striking out 12 with no walks, though he did hit two batters.
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“I came out today really wanting this win,” Boey said. “In my previous outing last Monday against Buckeye, we lost 15-0 and I only lasted four innings. Today my curveball was really on and my fastball was good, too. My catcher (Jacob Kleinhenz) really called a great game. I owe a lot to him and my other teammates.”
Boey struck out three of the four batters he faced in the first inning and had two strikeouts in the second and third innings. He threw just 10 called balls in those three innings, but did hit one batter.
Boey also helped his cause with two hits and two stolen bases.
Columbia (2-6), the defending Patriots Athletic Conference Stripes Division champion, got the only two runs it needed in the bottom of the first on a single by junior Sean Nagle, two walks, a balk by Oberlin pitcher Marcus Bailey and a sacrifice fly.
The Raiders added two insurance runs in the third on Nagle’s double, a walk, a single by Tyler Underwood and a hit batter.
Oberlin (6-1, 1-1) didn’t get its first hit until Liam McMillin drilled an 0-and-2 pitch into right-center to lead off the fourth. He went to second on a fielder’s choice and scored on Nick Piffer’s single to right with two outs.
Nagle was the Raiders’ hitting star with a single and a double — the only extra-base hit of the game — and two RBIs.
“This year has been rough so far,” Nagle said. “Part of the problem was because of the weather we haven’t had much outdoor practice, doing most of our hitting indoors in the batting cage. It was really nice getting out there today and getting a win.”
Columbia coach Justin Ramsey was high in his praise for Boey.
“He’s our ace and today really stepped up to his No.1 role in our rotation,” he said. “He’s very good at hitting his spots and his curveball was really good. When he’s on like today he’s really tough to hit.”
“We haven’t seen pitching like this before,” Oberlin coach Lynn Gray said. “Pitching will shut down a good offensive team anytime. My hat is off to Boey. He was terrific.”
The defensive play of the game was a diving shoestring catch by Oberlin right fielder Sam Annable, taking away a sure double and perhaps a triple from Jacob Simon to lead off the bottom of the second.
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