Memorial tops Clark behind 1-hitter
May 8, 2010 at 12:08 a.m.
SAN ANTONIO - Memorial sophomore Miles Manning had a premonition before throwing a pitch to San Antonio Clark's Peter Rozanski with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
"I knew he was going to get a hit," Manning said. "I knew that last guy was going to get a hit. I just had a feeling."
Manning was right about Rozanski and just about everything else on Saturday at Northside Field #2.
Manning pitched a one-hitter in his first playoff start to lead the Vipers to a 6-0 Class 5A bi-district playoff win over the Cougars.
Manning continued the trend set by Jordan Pacheco in Memorial's 10-0 win in Game 1 by shutting out Clark (16-14) and allowing the Vipers (20-12-1) to sweep the best-of-three game series.
Memorial advances to the area round for the second straight season and will face the winner of the San Antonio Churchill-Austin High series.
Manning came into the game having pitched only 18.2 innings this season. But he had the demeanor of a veteran on the mound as he totally shut down the Clark hitters.
He did not allow a ball to be hit out of the infield until Rozanski's single. Manning had six strikeouts, went to a three ball count on only one batter, and threw 55 of his 70 pitches for strikes.
"It didn't feel any different. It was just the same," Manning said. "I was just trying to hit spots. I just wanted to throw strikes. I didn't want to leave the ball up to them."
Manning threw mostly fastballs, mixing in a few curveballs and one changeup.
"I just told Miles to keep doing what he's been doing," said Memorial pitching coach Wes Kolle. "He's the type of guy who's confident. He doesn't let the pressure or situation bother him. He just goes out and pitches his game. He did a great job today of keeping the ball down and letting the guys play behind him and just attacking the strike zone."
Manning kept the defense on its toes by working quickly, never throwing more than 14 pitches in an inning.
"He was pretty calm," said Memorial catcher Jake Goyen. "He was really working the outside corner. His curveball was good whenever he needed to pitch it."
Manning kept the Clark hitters off-balance and five of his six strikeouts were called third strikes.
"The umpire we had was great for Miles," Kolle said. "He was giving us the low, outside corner and Miles was painting it and he was real accurate with the strike zone. He was attacking with all his pitches. It was mostly his fastball and mixing in an occasional breaking ball as well."
The Vipers helped take the pressure off Manning by getting nine hits and scoring in the first four innings. Jeremy Urbano went 3-for-3 and scored twice, and Ryan Stuart hit three doubles to the opposite field.
"At first we thought we were going to face a lefty so we were working opposite field because the ball tails away from you," Stuart said. "We had a righty show up so I guess it helped me out."
Memorial expected to face left-hander Vince Salazar, but the Clark left-hander left the team on Friday. The Vipers knocked right-hander Chris Werland out of the game in the third inning.
"We do a lot of hitting in practice," said Memorial head coach Manuel Alvarado. "We constantly swing the bat and it's showing out here. The kids believe in what we're doing. Hopefully, we'll continue that throughout the playoffs."
Manning started the seventh inning by striking out Braden Matson looking for the third straight time. Jonathan Fargnoli reached on an error before second baseman Jeremy Urbano threw out Matt Cohen at first base on a ball that was deflected by Manning.
Roznaski hit Manning's first pitch past the mound and into center field and Pacheco quickly threw the ball to the plate. Fargnoli stopped at third base, but Roznaski rounded first base, allowing Goyen to throw to Tanner Austin, who tagged the runner for the final out.
"I knew I had a no-hitter going," Manning said. "They were talking to me a little bit in the dugout. But nobody said anything about it."
Memorial 6, S.A. Clark 0
Memorial 122 100 0 - 6 9 2
Clark 000 000 0 - 0 1 3
Miles Manning and Jake Goyen. Chris Werland, Matt Cohen (3) and Braden Mattson. W: Manning (3-2). L: Werland (4-6). Highlights: (M) Manning 7 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 6 SO, 0 BB; Ryan Stuart 3-for-4 3 2B, R, RBI; Jeremy Urbano 3-for-3, 2 R, SB. Records: Memorial 20-12-1; Clark 16-14. Note: Memorial wins series 2-0 and advances to area against San Antonio Churchill-Austin High winner.