Jul 8, 2016 at 10:29 pm | Print View
MARION — Vic Malloy has been Williamsburg’s reliable option.
He proved once again that the Raiders can go to him when they need a good outing on the mound.
Malloy threw a complete-game shutout, helping Williamsburg sweep Marion, 5-0 and 6-4, in a Wamac Conference West Division doubleheader Friday night at the Les Hipple Athletic Complex.
Malloy stifled the Indians offense. He surrendered just three hits, retiring nine straight through the middle innings. Even though Marion seldom threatened in the opener they did put two runners on in each of the final innings. The Raiders defense produced inning-ending double plays in the sixth and seventh to seal the victory.
“It felt pretty good,” said Malloy, who upped his record to 6-1 this season. “Early on, I was able to throw a lot of strikes and then later on my defense helped me out a lot.
“We had some key double plays at the end of the game to close out the last couple innings, which was helpful because I was starting to lose my stuff a little bit.”
Malloy improved to 6-1 this season, matching his season best and giving him 18 career victories. He also improved on his 0.73 earned-run average and hasn’t had an ERA above 1.81. The senior has been a key component of the Raiders rotation since his sophomore year.
“He’s probably been our No. 1 for three years now,” Williamsburg Coach Ben Grier said. “He does a good job. He throws three different pitches now. He’s slowly built himself into a really good pitcher.
“His confidence is something the team sees and relaxes the team. It allows us to play at our potential.”
Malloy has evolved as a pitcher. He said he threw lots of strikes two years ago, relying on his experienced defense and struggled with control a year ago. Now, he has command to work ahead in counts and mix up his pitches, causing havoc for batters.
“This year I feel like I’m putting everything together,” said Malloy, who has more than 60 strikeouts in less than 55 innings. “I’m more complete and can complete games.”
The Raiders (25-13, 22-8 Wamac) provided all the offense he needed in the second inning, but padded their lead with a two-run third. Gage Mews singled off the right fielder’s glove, scoring Derek Greiner and advancing Blake Hughes to third. Hughes trotted home on a wild pitch.
Greiner added an RBI single in the sixth to cap the scoring.
In the nightcap, Williamsburg had a balanced attack. All but two starters had a hit with Malloy, Justin Donohoe and Ben Ling with two apiece. Five separate Raiders had RBIs in the second game.
“Any time you can have a threat at the plate, one through nine, that is good,” Grier said. “We were hitting fastballs. We were hitting curveballs, so that was encouraging.
“I keep challenging the guys to keep working every day and get a little bit better at everything. I think we got better today at hitting.”
The sweep came at the perfect time, wrapping up the conference schedule with wins and rebounding from Tuesday’s sweep at the hands of Vinton-Shellsburg.
“It’s good to get back on the winning streak,” Malloy said. “Hopefully, going into the playoffs, we carry this momentum and we can make a run.”
Logan Charipar had three hits in the twin bill, including two off Malloy. Marion (22-15, 17-10) received an RBI double from Mitch Wiese that was followed by Baylor Fish’s base hit to score Wiese, giving Marion a brief 2-1 lead.
Williamsburg followed with two in the third and then pulled away with a three-run sixth, including Malloy’s sacrifice fly.
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