The Lehigh Valley Catz stayed hot in ACBL action on Sunday, sweeping the Scranton Red Soxx, 7-1, and, 2-0, to improve their record to (6-2). The Catz have gone on a torrid 6 game win streak since opening the season with two losses.
The Catz sent righty Jack Muscalus (Lehigh University) to the mound in game 1, and Muscalus responded with six strong innings of work to pick up his first win of the summer season. Muscalus scattered 7 hits while fanning 6 and allowing 1 walk in the strong effort. Jim Jansen (Rutgers University) came on and fired a scoreless seventh to seal the win.
“You can’t say enough good things about Jack” explained Catz head coach Adrian Yaguez after the game. “We knew going into the season that Jack was going to be one of our top guys on the mound, and today he showed exactly what he can do at this level. He works real hard between his starts and is always trying to improve on an aspect of his game. That’s what we like to see.”
The Catz got on the board early, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning to set the tone. Evan Chipman (Old Dominion) led the game off with a single and scored on an RBI double by Ted Ledbetter (Oklahoma City). Erik Ruff (West Chester University) continued to swing a hot bat, scoring Ledbetter with an RBI double of his own.
Ledbetter got things started for the Catz in the third, reaching base after being hit by a pitch to lead off the frame. Ledbetter later scored on an RBI double by Ruff, and Ruff and Ross Boudreaux (Texarkana College) were both brought home off the RBI double by Matt Bergeron (NE Oklahoma A&M).
“The nice thing right now is that everyone is contributing, everyone has had a hand in getting us back on track after the slow start,” added Yaguez. “I keep telling these guys that this is the way it needs to be, everyone playing, everyone contributing, and so far we seem to be on track.”
In game 2, strong pitching was the story, as the Catz used three pitchers to record their 4th shutout of the season. Righty David Frame (Southwest Texas State) made his first start of the season, firing three innings and recording three K’s and no walks for a no decision. Chas Taylor (Navarro Junior College) fired a perfect fourth inning to pick up the win, and Kris Calhoun (NE Oklahoma A&M) fired a perfect 5th, 6th and 7th inning to record his second save of the season.