Merciless Skyline 10-runs Eastlake

March 30, 2010

By Christopher Huber

Jim Carnes, Skyline senior pitcher, throws to the plate March 23 against Eastlake, striking out three in three innings and earning the win in a 12-2 victory. — By Christopher Huber

With solid accompaniment from a few teammates, Skyline High School’s Sean Penberthy helped answer a lot of questions about the team’s 2010 season outlook March 23.

Penberthy, the Spartans’ lone returning senior starter, went 4-for-4 and ended the game early on a two-out, two-RBI double in the fifth inning. He also launched a solo homerun over the left-field fence in the third.

Skyline beat the visiting Eastlake Wolves 12-2 in the 4A KingCo Conference opener.

“I was just trying to get a hit, trying to stay alive,” Penberthy said of the double that ended the game due to the 10-run rule.

Penberthy wasn’t the only Spartan to have a good day offensively. Nate Litka, a junior outfielder, drove in five runners on three hits, including a triple in the second. And senior Anthony DeMatteo finished the day 3-for-4, with one RBI and three runs scored. DeMatteo drove in the run that set Penberthy up for the game-ending hit.

Offense was Skyline’s strong point against Eastlake, but the team still needs to relax and focus in the field, coach Chris Tamminen said after the game. Skyline committed three errors.

“I liked the way we swung it. The offense did pretty good,” he said. “On defense, they’ve got to play catch. They need to just play.”

Tamminen said he was pleased with starting senior pitcher Jim Carnes, who went three innings and earned his first win of the season. Carnes struck out three Eastlake batters, walked four and allowed two runs.

Skyline finished with 13 hits and scored at least one run in each inning.

“It’s a huge confidence booster,” Penberthy said. “A lot of players stepped up today.”

Eastlake struggled to find a groove with its pitching. Alex Dean, a junior pitcher, allowed a run to score on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first. Skyline’s Payton Herrod then drove in two on a single that turned into a throw-out at second.

Despite moments of alertness in the field, Eastlake could have prevented some of the damage, said Quinn Hawksworth, senior third-baseman. He said Eastlake and Skyline are pretty evenly matched, but it came down to team cohesiveness and execution.

The Wolves had four hits in the first inning and nearly took a quick lead. But they were unable to score and left three runners on base.

“We just need to come together as a team,” he said after the game. “They’re a good team, but I think we could’ve beat them.”

Hawksworth went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in the third. Senior Kelby McCorkle finished 1-for-2 and scored one run; Matt Dusche, a senior right fielder, went 1-for-3 with a double.

“We had a lot of questions coming into the season,” Penberthy said. “I hope this answers a lot of ‘em.”

Knights knock off Spartans

The Newport Knights, scored two runs in the top of the seventh, and held off a late charge by Skyline to win 5-3 March 26 at Skyline.

Skyline, down 5-0 going into the bottom of the seventh, scored three times, but its rally fell short. DeMatteo and Mikey Smith each had three hits for Skyline.

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