Sometimes, it's just not a pitcher's day.
That was certainly the case Thursday for Cranberry's Tom Flinspach and Moniteau made him pay.
Against the Warriors at Kelly Automotive Park, Flinspach did not make it out of the second inning, allowing five runs on two hits while walking six in just 1.2 innings of work.
The rough outing paved the way to Moniteau's 16-1, four-inning win over the Berries.
“Tom started Tuesday's game against Karns City (a 13-7 loss) and threw just 40-some pitches,” said Cranberry coach Patrick Irwin, “but we knew we were asking a lot of him to get back out there today. We could tell early on that he was struggling and threw some young kids out there to get some work.”
Moniteau starting pitcher Chance Nagy didn't exactly experience smooth sailing in his three innings. The first two batters he faced reached base via a double and a hit-by-pitch, respectively. But the Berries could not capitalize.
Though all three of Cranberry's pitchers struggled, they were not helped by a defense that committed five errors.
Read the full story in Friday's Butler Eagle.