Stags FINish Sharks 9-1

  • Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Dan Brown/Independent Chase Ganey jumps to hit the plate and the awaiting celebration after pounding a 3-run homer in the Stags’ 5-run fifth inning. Ganey had three hits and drove in 6 runs in Berkeley’s 9-1 win over St. James.

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New Money.

That’s Chase Ganey’s nickname.

Ganey is New Money because Old Money is already taken.

That’s Kyle Garrick.

Ganey singled, doubled, hit a three-run homer and drove home six RBIs to lead the fourth ranked Berkeley Stags to a 9-1 gaffing of the St. James Sharks Friday night, May 2 at Jim Bradley Field.

The playoffs are on and the two-time Region 8AAA champions are off to the races.

“One game, one team at a time,” said Garrick, Old Money, who like Ganey, had three hits and scored twice. The win was Garrick’s 94th over the senior catcher’s five-year career.

Josh Simmons, the number five hitter likewise had three hits, including a pair of doubles and three runs scored.

On the hill, Zach Gonzales scattered four hits over five innings and did not allow an earned run to pick up the win.

“I thought we came out a little tight in the early innings,” said Coach Landy Cox. “We settled down after the third and started hitting the ball.”

Again, it was Ganey who delivered the big blow, a Big Fly to right center in the five-run fifth that left no doubt.

Eric Orton added two hits and a run scored to round out the 12-hit Berkeley attack.

With the win, the Stags were to face Marlboro County on Monday May 5. The winner of this game would advance to the District VIII finals on Friday, May 9.

See www.berkeleyind.com for complete Berkeley Stags baseball action.

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