ARCHBISHOP WOOD 7, ARCHBISHOP CARROLL 3
"That stinkin' curveball."
The comment came from a frustrated Archbishop Carroll supporter after Archbishop Wood's Scott Boches had recorded one of his seven strikeouts near the end of Tuesday's Catholic League Blue Division matchup.
The senior righthander mostly kept the host Patriots guessing with his tricky curveball and, with the aid of three home runs in a small ballpark, the Vikings triumphed, 7-3, in Radnor.
"It's really been my 'out' pitch this season," Boches said. "I like to get it over early in the count and also put hitters away with it. It's working well right now."
While posting a five-hitter, the 6-foot-5, 180-pounder also used a fastball, which has been clocked in the 87- to 88-m.p.h. range, and changeup. Only one of Carroll's runs was earned.
"Scott gave us a tremendous effort out there," said Wood skipper Jim DiGuiseppe, Jr. "He worked the zone, hit the corners, and changed speeds pretty well."
It wasn't the best of starts for Boches. He totaled 25 pitches in his first trip to the hill, including one that Eric McGough blasted over the center-field fence. His pitch count through three frames was 65.
"I was struggling to get my curveball over in the first two innings," Boches said. "That usually happens in the early part of games. But I know that I'm eventually going to get it over."
Boches, who is bound for Marist, played last summer and fall with the Titans, a showcase squad based in Lawrenceville, N.J., and guided by Dan Toto.
"I really worked on my two-seam fastball," the Feasterville resident said. "I upped my velocity four to five miles per hour. With the competition we faced, it turns you into a better pitcher."
Against Carroll, the Santospago twins, Joe and John, fueled a nine-hit attack. Joe Santospago delivered an RBI triple to right in the third and two-run homer in the same direction in the seventh; John Santospago cranked a two-run shot to center in the third.
John Santospago's third homer of the season came on an 0-1 changeup. "If you put a good swing on a pitch here, it's got a chance of getting out," the Kent State commit said.
Following in the footsteps of sister Dana, an elementary-school teacher in Arizona, Boches plans to major in special education at Marist. "I sat in on one of her classes," the 18-year-old said. "It gave me some insight on what it will be like."
Boches, who upped his record to 4-2, threw 123 pitches, with 74 for strikes.
The second-place Vikings improved to 11-4 overall and 6-3 in Blue Division action; the third-place Patiots dropped to 10-5 and 5-3.
Archbishop Wood 013 000 3-7 9 3
Archbishop Carroll 100 100 1-3 5 1
WP: Scott Boches. LP: Matt Lafferty. 2B: AW-Erik Bowren, John Santospago. 3B: AW-Joe Santospago. HR: AW-John Santospago, Joe Santospago, Brett McCrossen; AC-Eric McGough.