UNION CITY – Mississinawa Valley and Franklin Monroe locked up in an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel Friday afternoon.
Cade McGlinch of the Jets and Matthew Slob of the Blackhawks dominated hitters for most of the game with FM finally coming out on top 4-2.
McGlinch allowed the first two hitters of the game to reach via a hit and an error and both would score, but they were unearned runs. That would be the only MV offense this day, as the Blackahawks would collect only three more hits. McGlinch showed excellent command by using only 81 pitches to complete the game with 54 of them for strikes.
Slob played in his first game of the season. As a transfer student into the district according to Ohio High School Athletic Association rules, he had to sit out the first 13 games of the season. He was primed and ready for the start against the Jets. Slob through five innings allowed only two hits with no one reaching past first base. He was in control of the game.
The game remained at 2-0 MV until the top of the sixth inning when the Jets would rally. Hunter Rich led off with a single to left. One out later he was driven in by McGlinch. With two outs FM stirred up some magic against Slob with run scoring hits by Landon Peters and Zach Cable to give the Jets a 4-2 lead.
The Blackhawks made one last run at the Jets in the bottom of the seventh. MV put the first two hitters on base against McGlinch via a hit and an error. The Jets’ starter completed his day by inducing a fly-out to left and ended with a double play.
“We came out flat today,” FM baseball coach Eddie Meyers said. “We found a way to win. Cade had a lively fastball and threw the ball well for us.”
“It was a tough loss,” Blackhawks coach Max Guillozet said. “We’ve got to hit. We get the lead-off guy on then nothing. It was a fun game. We threw strikes and played defense.”
The final pitching lines were seven innings with two runs, no earned runs, four hits, four struck-out and one walked for McGlinch. Slob’s final line was seven innings four runs, three earned, six hits, five struck-out and none walked.