Daniel Island—There wasn’t much to complain about for the Bishop England baseball team Wednesday night. The Bishops blasted Manning, 16-0, on Senior Night in a game that was called in the third inning.
Starting pitcher Ryan Gaffney only threw 41 pitches and didn’t allow a hit while designated hitter Chris Dengler was 3-for-3 with four runs driven in. Corey Cochran, Leo Albano and Gregory Sanders also had two hits each for the Bishops.
“I don’t know if it’s gone that way this year at all,” Bishop England coach Mike Darnell said. “We needed to get this one in. We’ve got prom on Friday so everything was working against us if we couldn’t play today. We got to get some guys in, some seniors in, but we’re excited about tomorrow. It was nice to see them play well.”
The victory moved the Bishops to 15-8 on the season, including a 7-1 mark in conference play. Bishop England finished tied with Hanahan for first place in Region 7-AAA and the two teams will square off in a tiebreaking game Thursday at 6 p.m. at Father Kelly Field. The winner will earn a No. 1 seed in the playoffs.
“I think Hanahan outplayed us in the two games. We won one of them and had a really good pitching performance. The other game we didn’t pitch very well and they outplayed us. We’ll see what happens. It’s a huge game. It’s good that we’re back in this with them and the rivalry has more riding on it,” Darnell said.
Bishop England scored its first 10 runs of the game with two outs. After a pair of groundouts opened the bottom of the first, Albano walked and stole second base. Dengler drove him in with a single to left field to give the home team an early 1-0 lead.
In the second, the Bishops loaded the bases with nobody out, but Manning pitcher Sandy Johnson got John Mikell to fly out to left. Courtesy runner Shawn Runey tried to tag and score, but was thrown out at the plate for the second out.
From there, nine consecutive batters reached to blow the game open. Cochran cleared the bases with a bloop double down the right field line and Dengler knocked in two more later in the frame with a shot to the gap in right center. Geoffrey Gilbert and Mikell also had RBI hits during the rally.
Bishop England continued to pour it on in the bottom of the third. Harrison Griffith and Albano led off with infield singles before Dengler smoked a hard shot just inside third base to bring in Griffith. Sanders later drew a bases-loaded walk that plated another run, and pinch-hitter Connor Burke kept the hit parade going with an RBI single.
A throwing error on the catcher allowed two more runs to score and the mercy rule went into effect to end the game.
Manning 000—0 0 3
Bishop England 196—16 14 1