By MIKE IBANEZ
Lewisville High School baseball coach Mike Campbell has had the luxury of choosing starting pitchers from a deep staff of college-bound seniors this season. When he sent Angelo Gennari to the mound in Tuesday night’s home game against Hurst LD Bell, the Northern Oklahoma recruit rewarded the veteran coach with one of his best starts of the season.
Gennari threw a complete-game one-hitter and struck out 13 to lead the Farmers to a 2-0 win over the Blue Raiders that kept them in a second-place tie with Flower Mound. It was another statistic that Campbell focused on after the game, though — one walk.
“Angelo has always had great stuff, but tonight he controlled it,” Campbell said. “He had great command of his off-speed pitches and got out of trouble the one time he had to work out of a jam.”
Gennari struck out the last five batters he faced and retired the last eight in a row. He was challenged in the third inning when Bell second baseman Aaron Atchley lined a single to center and moved to second on a one-out sacrifice bunt but got out of the jam with a strikeout of Blue Raider shortstop Michael Bernhardt.
LHS center fielder Patrick Bethea scored on a wild pitch to put the Farmers up 1-0 in the first inning and then drove in Steely Gill with a double in the second frame to give Gennari all the offense he needed.
Despite a Marcus loss to Flower Mound on Thursday, LHS was not able to grab second place alone when they dropped the second game of the series 4-2 in Hurst.
Mason Ornelas threw a complete-game six-hitter and the Blue Raiders put together a four-run fourth inning against LHS starter Ben Miller to split the series.
Tristan Buschow led the Farmers at the plate with two hits and a run scored. Yealex Lopez, Caleb Vuono, Zach Robinson and De’Mondrick Hunter also had hits — all singles. Colin Storms threw 1⅔ innings of hitless relief with three strikeouts.
With two weeks remaining in the regular season, Southlake Carroll is poised to win the District 5-6A title, despite dropping their first district game of the season to Trophy Club Byron Nelson on Thursday. LHS and Marcus remain in a two-way tie for second with Flower Mound and Euless Trinity locked in a tie for fourth just a game back.
The Farmers will play Hebron twice next week, and will most likely face standout pitcher Zach Deloach at home on Friday.
Editor’s note (4/17/2017): An earlier version of this story said that Collin Storms had been suffering arm soreness. Storms said that was in March and that he had been fine since then. He said that he is scheduled to pitch in the Friday, April 21 game against Hebron.