ELYRIA — Midview took the first step toward its goal of a third straight West Shore Conference title Wednesday with a convincing 8-3 victory at Elyria Catholic.
The Panthers (4-2, 0-1 WSC) outhit the Middies 9-7 but didn’t get the clutch hits the winners did. Cody Callaway led Midview (1-0, 1-0) with a homer, double and three runs batted in.
Midview jumped out to a 5-0 lead after an inning and a half and were never seriously challenged even though the Panthers got plenty of hits and stranded 10 runners.
The big blow for the winners was Callaway’s powerful homer over the left-field fence to lead off the fourth inning. It was the seventh homer in his career (two each in his freshman, sophomore and junior years) and definitely got the attention of the Colorado Rockies scout who was on hand.
Callaway, a football standout already committed to play quarterback at Bowling Green University, is also a top baseball prospect.
“The pitch was a down and low fastball,” Callaway said. “I knew it was out of here right after I hit it.
“Elyria Catholic is a good team but today was just our day. This year I’m more relaxed than the seasons before and just trying to have fun.”
Midview coach Scott Jalowiec was also impressed with Callaway’s performance, as well as his team’s effort in general. The Middies played one game earlier but it went into extra innings with North Olmsted and was suspended.
“He smoked that one,” Jalowiec said of Callaway’s homer. “It was typical Cody and I’m happy to see him have such a good game. I was happy with the whole team. I liked the way we put the ball in play, which was our intention to make EC field the ball over and over. It worked to perfection today right from the start.”
After Midview’s five-run second inning, Elyria Catholic’s pitching settled down and allowed only two more runs.
Offensively, the Panthers were led by senior second baseman Christian Stanziano, who went 4-for-4 with a deep double to right-center in the third.
“I was just taking the pitches given me,” Stanziano said. “Today was my best game so far this season. I really wish though that we came out with the win.”
Elyria Catholic coach Bruce Lisicky had mixed feelings about the loss.
“We played pretty much even with them much of the game and really were hitting the ball,” he said. “We had a lot of men on base. But I think we shot ourselves in the foot in the second inning with an error and three walks.”
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