of two dugouts: St. Ignatius players enjoy their time from the
first base dugout while St. Edward sophomore Scott Moviel is
in anguish from the umpireís quick trigger. (Photos by Larry
moves to the Majors
By Zachary Dzurick
Published May 11, 2005
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year at the Cleveland Indians Hardball Classic, St. Ignatius pitcher
Jeremy Farrell mastered St. Edward for six innings, shutting out
the Eagles on one hit. But the Eagle bats awoke in the seventh as
St. Edward rallied for the win.
year it was Westlake native Chris Rigo who confused the Eagle batters.
The senior retired nine Eagles in a row at one point and the Wildcats
took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth. Again, St. Edward
rallied with two in the fifth and one in the sixth. But this year
St. Ignatius answered both rallies with ones of their own, winning
the game 5-3.
Ignatius revenged last seasonís defeat at the Jake to Saint
Edward. (Photo by Larry Bennet)
earned the win surrendering seven hits and striking out four in
six innings. Sophomore Derek Dietrich saved the game in more ways
than one. After senior Kevin Murphy singled to lead off the top
of the seventh, St. Edward pitcher Logan Morrow erased him by coaxing
Farrell to hit into a double play. Dietrich then lined a two-out
double to center. After a questionable fielding play gave junior
Kevin Kumazec an infield single, junior Kevin Haas lifted a lazy
fly ball to right field. The ball was dropped allowing two runs
to score. Dietrich then closed out the game by striking out three
of the four batters he faced in the bottom of the inning.
The game was not without controversy. Playing at Jacobs Field, one
could wonder about the nerves of the players and coaches but it
was the umpires who went a little major league in their emotions.
Moviel started the game for St. Edward. With one on and two outs,
he plunked Dietrich in the top of the first. In the bottom half
of the inning, Rigo retired the first two hitters and then hit St.
Edward shortstop Logan Hronis. No harm, no foul. Neither batter
was in any danger of injury. Yet, the umpire warned both coaches.
Each pitcher worked out of jams in both of the first two innings
as both teams stranded four runners. Murphy, the Wildcat's number
two hitter, led off the third inning. Moviel hit him with a fastball.
With the heart of the Wildcat line-up on the way, there was no way
Moviel was trying to hit Murphy. Everyone in the park knew it but
the home plate umpire who tossed Moviel instantly and then tossed
Eagle coach John Weyland in the ensuing argument. Even St. Ignatius
coach Brad Ganor was disappointed that Moviel was ejected.
"I think they were just trying to pitch inside," Ganor said. "It
is disappointing. You are at Jacobs Field, they are not going to
hit a guy and put him on with our three and four hitters coming
up. To toss a kid out in this game is not fair. The umpire took
away our ability to throw inside and that changes the game. It is
disappointing because I would have liked to seen Moviel go a little
You can double that emotion for the St. Edward side.
"We have played and scouted Ignatius many times," Weyland said.
"We believe their hitters crowd the plate and I preach that we have
to pitch inside. We hit their guy in the first inning and when they
hit our guy in the bottom of the inning, I didn't complain, I was
happy to have a base runner. But he gave warnings. If there was
going to be a warning, it should have been after Scott accidentally
hit the second guy. To think we are trying to injure another high
school player is preposterous."
"I was not trying to hit him," Moviel said. "This is Jacobs Field.
Why would I want to end the moment? I want to savor the moment.
I was mad at myself for hitting him. That is a free base."
Logan Morrow pitched five innings in relief of Moviel. He allowed
seven hits and just one earned run. He was a tough luck loser because
of mistakes in the field.
Ganor said last year's late collapse didn't enter into his mind.
He admitted things looked tough after Farrell hit into a double
play but Dietrich has been stepping up all season.
"We tried to stay even keel," Ganor said. "Derek has been clutch
all year. He is an outstanding hitter and then we got a lucky play
in right. Derek has the seventh in a close game every time. We have
confidence in him."
"We are always fighting back," Dietrich said. "I knew I could get
a hit and the guys behind me could get a hit. I love the pressure.
I like performing and getting the job done. It is amazing to play
here at the Jake."
Rigo was appreciative of Dietrich getting the big hit and finishing
up the seventh.
"Derek has been huge all year," Rigo said. "It was the right hit
at the right time. Then to close it, Derek throws hard and throws
a lot of strikes."
Rigo raised his record to 6-0 on the season. He agreed there was
no animosity between the rivals and the hit batsmen were all incidental,
but taking the rivalry to a major league stage was something special.
"It is one of the best feelings ever playing baseball against your
biggest rivals at Jacobs Field."