April 5, 2008
ML Game 3
Haganís Funeral Home 2
Moppert Brothers 0
Hagan Outduels Moppert
Conventional baseball wisdom says that pitching is always ahead of hitting early in the season. Haganís and Moppert did nothing to disprove that notion in the season opener for both teams. On this bright spring afternoon, Haganís pitching was superb. They yielded just 2 hits and 4 walks while racking up 10 strikeouts on their way to a 2 - 0 shutout. Moppert nearly matched that effort, except where it mattered most: on the scoreboard.
Brian Gross got the opening day start for Haganís. He pitched 4 2/3 strong innings before giving way to Rob Brown. The turning point came in the bottom of the third inning. Moppertís Donovan Davis was on third and Kevin Bosco on second with only one out. Gross got a strikeout and a ground ball back to the pitcher to strand both runners. Brown was super-efficient in his Major League debut. He retired all four batters he faced on just 9 pitches. In a turnaround from last season, Haganís defense, led by Connor Martin at shortstop and Michael Solomon at second, also shone.
Kevin Bosco got the starting nod for Moppert. He, too, was very effective, giving up only 3 hits while striking out 7 in just 3 innings. However, he was victimized by back-to-back walks to open the top of the second inning. That led to Haganís only two runs on just one hit in the inning. Tim Quinn came on in relief of Bosco in the fourth inning. He pitched 3 strong innings of shutout ball, giving up just 2 hits and striking out 4.
Haganís hits came from Gross (3 for 3), Brown, and Solomon. Ethan Heller and Will Van Norden (pinch running for Jack Norton) scored Haganís runs. Donovan Davis and Colin McGuire both singled for Moppert.