Sunshine, blue skies, and 74-degree weather were things not seen over too many Narrows League parks this spring. And if that was not enough, a good ballgame ensued as Bellarmine junior left-hander Marcus Lane outdueled Stadium’s sophomore southpaw Jake Vieth as the Lions held on in the end for a 4-3 win over the Tigers at home on April 23.
“We’ve been fighting hard all year and have lost some real close games. It was good to get a win today,” said Lions third baseman Daniel Pollastro, whose fourth inning solo homerun would be the difference in the game.
Bellarmine jumped out to an early lead and would not look back, scoring three times in the first inning to go with five hits and Lane would make it hold up through six innings of solid work, scattering six Stadium hits.
Vieth settled down after that to surrender only one more run – Pollastro’s solo shot in the fourth. The Tigers clawed back in their half of the sixth when Vieth doubled home Austen Brand and later scored on a groundout by Stadium catcher Mike Gunn to trim it to 4-3. Harry Stenberg would take over in the seventh inning for the Lions, but the Tigers would not go down without a fight. With one out, leadoff hitter Adam Lensegrav doubled but would be stranded on second base as Patrick Minzel struck out and Brand popped out to second to end it.
“I’ve struggled a bit this year. It was nice to get that inside fastball and turn on it,” said Pollastro of his game-winning homer.