Following its dramatic win over Jesuit, the Holy Cross baseball team got another Catholic League victory in a 5-2 road victory over Shaw on Tuesday night.
It was business as usual for the Tigers.
“We expect to come out and play with energy and give our best effort,” Holy Cross coach Cass Hargis said. “And if we can do that, everything else will take care of itself.”
Holy Cross evened its record at 10-10, while Shaw fell to 6-10.
Like they have most of the season, the Tigers got crucial production from the bottom of the order. No. 9 batter Kyle Schexnayder had a two-run double in the second inning to open the scoring.
“I really don’t pay attention to where I bat in the lineup,” he said. “We all can hit. ... Whenever I get called, I just need to produce, and that’s what I did tonight.”
The Tigers added another run in the inning with a sacrifice bunt by Willie Robinson, then tacked on two more insurance runs in the final two innings. Their run in the sixth was set up by a sacrifice bunt by Schexnayder.
Pitcher Cyle Clayton had a superb outing, giving up just two runs in 6.2 innings to notch his first win.
“It would have been nice to get the shutout,” Clayton said. “But the win still feels good.”
Clayton said he — and the rest of the team — was energized by the early scoring outburst.
“The dugout was hyped,” he said. “Everyone was hyped. It got me pumped.”
Clayton was an out away from a one-hit shutout, but Dylan Black spoiled it with a double to bring home both of Shaw’s runs.
“That’s my first time going through all seven innings,” Clayton said. “I got a little fatigued in the last two (innings), but my teammates kept me going.”
Alex Wiltz, the winning pitcher against Jesuit, retired the final batter to earn the save.
Holy Cross will try to keep its winning streak alive when it takes on Rummel on Friday. Shaw hosts Brother Martin on Friday.