Seems funny to say about a guy who allowed eight runs and four homers, but Williamstown's Derrick Capiak pitched a good game on Monday.
Capiak went the distance as Williamstown surprised Shawnee, 11-8, in the first round of the SJ Group 4 tourney.
The Braves (10-11), the No. 12 seed, got homers from Jordan Rizzo, Joe Antonelli and Zach Hoffman, accounting for eight runs in the first two innings.
The win was blowing out at Shawnee's field, which seems like it's set in Williamsport, Pa. -- or maybe Denver -- on days like this.
Shawnee (13-5), the No. 5 seed, hit four homers in the first three innings. Ed Royds hit a pair of solo shots, Vince Corbi hit a solo job and sophomore Brian Lawler hit a two-run blast (and also hit a two-run single).
But Capiak, a senior right-hander, really settled down. He allowed only three other singles besides the homers. He walked just one. He struck out seven.
If not for some shaky fielding in the sixth, he might have shut out Shawnee after the third inning.
Capiak said his best pitch was his change-up. He retired the side in the seventh, striking out the last batter of the game with his 112th pitch.
-- Phil Anastasia