May 9, 2014

Sentinels Banish Hornets' offense

PLATTSBURGH — Ticonderoga’s Dom Banish couldn’t be denied Thursday.

A right-handed junior, Banish pitched a complete-game shutout as the Sentinels rolled to a 5-0 win over Plattsburgh High in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference baseball at Chip Cummings Field.

Banish surrendered four hits on five strikeouts and no walks. He retired his last 13 batters.

“Down in Myrtle Beach, he showed me something, so I would be more comfortable going with him,” Ticonderoga coach Dan Dorsett said. “We thought about pitching Ryan (Trudeau) (Thursday) on short rest, but it was Dom’s turn.

“He was around the strike zone all day. I don’t think he walked a batter. I think he got comfortable, especially when we made great defensive plays behind him. When you know your teammates are there, you can relax and throw strikes.”

After three scoreless innings, Banish helped his own cause in the top of the fourth inning by scoring from second base on an overthrow by the shortstop.

The Sentinels were opportunistic on the basepaths, scoring two more times in the top of the sixth inning on a botched suicide squeeze attempt.

With the bases loaded and one out, senior catcher Aaron Bush laid down a bunt. On a foul tip, the catcher committed an overthrow, sending the ball into left field.

Banish scored for the second time in the inning.

“We always like to be aggressive,” Banish said. “We like to be the first team to put pressure on and make them play our game. We know what we’re doing. This is a good, fundamental team. We like to hop on them and get the pressure first.”

Dorsett said he and his club spent more time emphasizing baserunning this spring.

“We’ve got some decent speed, so we want to make sure we put pressure on other teams,” Dorsett said. “We’re a little bit older, so our kids can understand some of the subtle things we’re trying to do.”

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