Prep baseball: Hensley, Rogoszewski lead Redskins past Red Dragons
HURRICANE, W.Va. -- Nothing seemed to go wrong for Austin Hensley, J.T. Rogoszewski and the Hurricane baseball team Monday night.
As for St. Albans, the Red Dragons would rather have a do-over.
The Redskins (17-3), who are expected to host next week's Mountain State Athletic Conference tournament, benefited from nine St. Albans walks and two critical errors.
Hensley was almost perfect through six innings and Rogoszewski matched his career high for hits with three and set a personal mark for RBI with five in the Redskins' 9-0 victory over the Red Dragons (14-6) at Lola Meeks Memorial Field.
The first led to Hurricane's first run. St. Albans starting pitcher Dustin Turley set down the first five batters, but No. 6 - Hensley - popped up to shortstop Clark Bryant, whose attempt to catch the ball with one hand at the side of his body resulted in an error. Rogoszewski followed with a single on a 3-2 count to open the scoring.
"The first run they scored because we couldn't field a pop up with two outs, the other two because we can't make a play at second base," St. Albans Coach Rick Whitman said. "Four they scored because we can't catch a routine fly ball and we walk two runs in.
"In essence, we gave them nine runs, which you can't do against a good team."
The play at second occurred in the fourth when a Connor Adams grounder to third base should've led to a fielder's choice at second, but resulted in a high throw and an error.
The routine fly ball came in the fifth inning when Hensley lifted a pop fly to shallow left field, which dropped between shortstop Bryant, third baseman Austin Harless and left fielder Taylor Braley.
The walked-in runs were in the sixth. After a groundout to first base to start the inning, five walks ensued before St. Albans got out of the inning.
Offensively, Rogoszewski had two singles, a double and three RBI through five innings before walking in the game's final run in the sixth.
The sophomore and Hurricane's No. 8 hitter on Monday bumped his average to .409 and his season RBI total to nine.
"I've been seeing the ball pretty well, but other people getting on base puts pressure on the pitcher," said Rogoszewski, who is on a seven-game hitting streak and is batting .565 during that time. "Every time I got up, there was a player in scoring position."
For Hensley's part, he was sharp on the mound. He retired St. Albans' first 14 batters until Bobby Grishaber fouled off a 1-2 pitch into the dirt. Initially, the home-plate umpire seemed indecisive about whether or not the bat touched the ball and catcher Tate Brock threw to first to complete the strikeout. The Hurricane defense retreated to the dugout, only to be called back to the field when the official ruling was a foul tip.
On the next pitch, Grishaber singled to break up the perfect game.
"I was spotting the fast ball and working the offspeed," said Hensley, who threw 73 pitches in six innings before Trey Dawson relieved in the seventh for a 1-2-3 inning. "I still have to get on top of my offspeed stuff on the mound and work through it more and finish."
He walked just one batter, Lucas Carfagna, on a 3-2 pitch in the sixth inning. Hensley threw 52 strikes and 21 balls.
Brock had a pair of singles for Hurricane and the Redskins struck out only three times.
"We've had good at-bats and we are not striking out," said Hurricane Coach Brian Sutphin, whose team has struck out only 3.45 times per game. "We're putting the ball in play."
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