AMHERST — You could say Brecksville pitcher Perry Dellavalle has Amherst’s number.
But then you could also say the senior right-hander has everybody’s number.
The 5-0 shutout of the Comets on Wednesday ran his record to 10-0 the last two seasons against all opponents — 4-0 this spring. Against Amherst, he is 4-0 the past two years, giving up a grand total of nine hits in four games. He allowed only two hits in the Southwestern Conference game Wednesday.
“Pretty much everything was working today,” he said. “My curveball and change-up were especially going good.”
His greatest joy, though, was the weather — a rare sunny and warm day this spring.
“It was great,” he said. “We finally got out on a nice day.”
Brecksville finished the SWC season with a 6-2 record, which includes a 3-1 win over Amherst in the first meeting this year.
The Bees got off to a 1-0 start in the second inning thanks to two fielding errors by the Comets (15-8, 7-5).
They added two more in the fifth on a double by Adam Kalinsky after Taylor Cave walked to start the inning. Kalinsky came in on Josh Armbruster’s infield hit.
They added their final two in the seventh on two hit batsmen and a pair of singles off Amherst reliever Nick DeJesus.
“It was a solid game for us,” Brecksville coach John Mutch said. “We had some clutch at-bats.”
On his ace pitcher he said, “He pitched well. It was a very solid performance. The kid’s a heck of a competitor.”
Amherst got just one runner to second base, and that came on a fielding error and a stolen base.
“The same thing happened to us (Tuesday) against Avon Lake as they got off to a quick 2-0 lead on two unearned runs,” Comets coach Matt Rositano said. “Our starter (Noah Skladan) did well but we’ve just got to make plays behind him. We battled today, but couldn’t find holes.”
Amherst enters Division I sectional play next Tuesday against the winner of Midview and North Ridgeville’s tourney opener.
The fielding gem of the day was a running, diving catch by Brecksville center fielder Ricky Farina in the third off the bat of Casey McConihe to prevent a sure double or triple.
The game’s oddities included Amherst pitcher Skladan throwing seven straight balls to first base trying to pick off Farina in the third inning, plus Amherst’s Jordan Williams fouling off seven straight pitches in the second before grounding out to second.
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