PENFIELD TWP. — Wednesday’s dominant pitching performance was nothing new for Midview’s Jesse Rohal.
In fact, he’s just building off what has already been a busy and successful summer for the soon-to-be senior.
Rohal delivered four string innings to lead the Middies to a 1-0 win over Bay at Penfield recreational Park in their opening game of the Amherst Baseball Summer Classic.
Rohal has been ready for this tournament all summer long and has been tuning his game with his summer league team, the North Ridgeville Icon.
“I pitch a lot on that team and my curveball was bad when I started on the summer league team and I just kept working on it and now it’s working well out there,” Rohal said.
Tyler Rose relieved Rohal and continued the dominance on the mound for Midview, allowing only three hits in the final three innings.
Rose also helped the offense, which scored its only run in the fifth inning.
Rose got things started with a single and then Tyler Smith was hit by a pitch with one out. Alex Webb and Jacob Landers drew walks, bringing in the only run of the game.
“I saw he walked the kid in front of me on four pitches,” Landers said. “I was just being patient. I’ll take the first pitch. Let me walk and get the run in.”
“I think out of the seven innings we played, five of them we had runners in scoring position. We just couldn’t put them on third and get them home,” Midview coach Carl Lambert said. “The ump had a very generous strike zone today, so walks were not very common. It was good that they were able to keep their batting approach and stay out there and know that a walk is a run. A walk is just as good as a hit.”
Summer league play is a tradition for high school players since there is really no offseason for baseball. But there’s a difference between playing with your summer league teammates and playing alongside possible future high school teammates.
“It’s important with the chemistry,” Landers said. “You’ve been on a different summer team than all of them the whole time and then being able to play with them and get to know them a little bit better helps in the season.”
“It’s very big,” Lambert said of the experience of playing together. “These kids need to know who’s going to be there for them. Your middle infielders, those guys are like two peas in a pod, they’ve got to know. I think on this whole team two or three guys play together in the summer and that’s it. You’ve got 17 kids out here. It’s really important for those guys to mesh together now, work together in the winter and then excel together in the spring.”
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