|VIDEO: Kaminsky pitches St. Joe's past Wayne Hills|
Wayne Hills made Rob Kaminsky work hard for his fourth win of the season. The Patriots even scored the first run of the year against the St. Joseph superstar lefty.
But Kaminsky pitched out of trouble several times, and struck out 16 batters to lead the Green Knights to a 4-1 win. The senior, expected to be drafted in the first round in June, allowed five hits and kept his team undefeated.
In front of a good crowd, Wayne Hills actually took the lead in the bottom of the second. An infield hit, a walk and an error loaded the bases with one out. Kaminsky then hit Mike Palladino with a pitch to force in a run.
The lefty responded in a way that surely impressed many of the scouts on hand, striking out the next two batters to end the threat. Kaminsky did the same in the third when Hills put runners at second and third with one out.
In the meantime, St. Joe's took the lead in the top of the third. A key error brought in the tying run, and then Alex Woinski followed with a mammoth two-run homer to make it a 3-1 game.
Kaminsky himself accounted for the other run with a solo homer in the 7th. Erik Moskal went the distance, allowing just one earned run on seven hits. Moskal and Brennan Rowe had two hits apiece for the Patriots.
The run charged to Kaminsky was unearned, meaning his ERA remains 0.00 for the season. He appears likely to have a choice of signing with a major league team or attending the University of North Carolina after the June draft.
The loss ended a six-game winning streak for Wayne Hills, which is now 6-5. St. Joseph is 9-0.
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