ND-CL too much for Lakeview
JEFFERSON — Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin hurler Joe DiMattio’s philosophy on pitching isn’t going to break any kind of ground.
What matters, however, is he made it work in a 9-0 one-hit victory in a Division II district semifinal on Kidder Field at the Havens Complex in Jefferson Township on Monday.
“It starts with throwing what the coach calls and trusting the defense behind me,” DiMattio said. “I just trusted what the coach called and the defense behind me to make the plays. The rest is up to them. I was just blowing my fastball by people. I didn’t work too much with the off-speed stuff. I didn’t have to. I was just locating my fastball and blowing it by people.”
“He did a great job today,” ND-CL coach Jim Clark said. “He had command of all his pitches and was ahead of hitters. He held a really good team down today. He’s a big part of the reason we won today.
“It is (that simple) for him. He’s talented and did a great job.”
DiMattio struck out seven, didn’t walk a batter and allowed just two baserunners in the gem.
“I’ve got to give their pitcher credit,” Lakeview coach Mike Johnson said. “He has a good fastball and he hit his spots. He hit the outside of the plate consistently or he was just off the outside of the plate. They had their players lined up in the right spots (defensively). They’re just a good team all around and they did a good job all game. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them get out of the district.”
The second-seeded Lions (10-9) will play rival Lake Catholic, seeded first, in the Division II district title game on Cotton Field today at the Havens Complex.
Daniel Brammer doubled deep to left field with one out in the top of the fifth to break up the perfect game for the Bulldogs (14-9) and Preston Sheets reached on an error one batter later.
“He was getting ahead (in the count),” Johnson said. “But we were on it. We were fouling it off. I’ve just got to give him credit. The one inning we did have a couple of guys on, he didn’t worry. He just did his thing in his way.”
ND-CL broke through for two runs in the home half of the third behind two errors and a single that solidly struck an umpire. Julian Mangelluzzi had a run-scoring single in the inning.
The wheels fell off for Lakeview in the fifth as Mangelluzzi and Perovsek had RBI singles and DiMattio added a run-scoring double to push the Lions’ advantage to 5-0.
“Once that happened and got a couple more runs. … Scoring six runs against that guy is just a tough thing to do,” Johnson said.
In the sixth, Sam Frontino had an RBI single, Nick Cipriani had a sacrifice fly and Dan Liberatore scored on an error and Frontino crossed the dish on a passed ball for the 9-0 lead.
ND-CL hitters combined for 12 hits and took advantage of seven Lakeview miscues.