Cherokees News · Mathieu’s CG Effort Leads Cherokees to 10-2 Win Over Menlo

Box Score
Menlo School 2
0 0 0 0 0 2 5 2
1 0 1 7 0 1 X
11 1
WP – Mathieu (1-2)
LP –  Martinez (Unknown)
S – None
Espinosa (2 X 3) 2B, RBI
Nam (2 X 2) Run
Giesler (1 X 3)
Pruhsmeier (2 X 3) HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 Runs
Nolasco (2 X 4) 2B, 2 RBI, Run
DiGrande (2 X 3) RBI, 2 Runs
Crowell (2 X 4)
Game Summary

In the first of four games in the final week of the regular season, the Cherokees gave the ball to SR RHP Travis Mathieu, who leads the team in appearances but was making just his second start of the season. The Cherokees came out of the gate slowly as they have all too often this season, spotting Menlo two runs in the top of the first, but from there, Sequoia turned in its best all-around performance in some time. Immediately in the bottom of the first, SR DH Kyle Pruhsmeier halved the deficit with a solo HR to left-center. Then in the bottom of the third with runners on the corners, Pruhsmeier picked up his second RBI of the game with a groundout to short. But it was the fourth inning when the Cherokees really went to work. JR RF Fabian Nolasco and FR 3B Ben Singler each hit hard-hit balls to the left-side of the infield and reached on Menlo errors. Then SO CF and Mathieu drew back to back walks to give Sequoia the lead. JR 2B Dominic DiGrande then welcomed the Menlo reliever with a hard single into center to score another run A wild pitch brought in Doyle and setting the stage for SO SS Kian Mirkia who executed a flawless double-squeeze plating both courtesy runner Patrick Lopiparo and DiGrande. After a single by SR C Trevor Crowell and a double by Pruhsmeier, SR LF Brandon Gee grounded to first to pate another run, and Nolasco doubled off the wall in left to give Sequoia the 9-2 lead. Nolasco would add an RBI single in the 6th to round out the Cherokee scoring, and it was more than enough for Mathieu (1-2) who was brilliant after the first inning. Menlo never threatened again and Sequoia got some excellent field-play from what has been a scuffling defense, turning a pair of tough double-plays to extinguish potential Knight rallies. Mathieu’s final line was a 79-pitch complete game effort, with just five hits and five strikeouts to help Sequoia improve to (4-19) (2-10 PAL Bay). Pruhsmeier, Nolasco, DiGrande and Crowell each had multi-hit efforts in the win.