In a spot start — his first start of the year — Brick Memorial senior Kevin Corris was called on and delivered big time for the Mustangs.
Very few stages are higher than when the Brick Memorial Mustangs and Brick Township Dragons face off at FirstEnergy Park in their annual battle.
Behind the arm of Corris on Sunday night, the 'Stangs pulled through with a 2-1 win.
Corris struck out 10 batters, had just one walk, and yielded four hits and one run in 5 and 1/3 innings of work. Highlighting the day for Corris was taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning as well as striking out the side in the fourth inning.
"It was just his first start of the year," said Memorial head coach Evan Rizzitello. "He pitched a bit last year but we have a great group of juniors who we have leaned on this year. He's a big kid who throws hard, this was his first opportunity to start."
Brian Cottrell came in and closed the game for the Mustangs, pitching the final 1 and 2/3 innings, adding three strikeouts.
Corris was given a lead before he toed the rubber for the first time. Three Dragon errors in the top off the first inning allowed Zach Santos to score the first run of the game for the 'Stangs.
The run was unearned for Brick starter Dan Mnich, who had a quality night overshadowed by the performance of Corris.
Mnich pitched four innings and struck out five while walking three batters. Evan Lobato pitched the final three innings, allowing one run to score in the fifth inning. Corris led off the inning with a double and was singled home by Ryan Melia. Lobato struck out two.
After falling behind 2-0, the Dragons put back to back hits togeter for the first time all day. Senior catcher Brian Mayer tripled to start the bottom of the fifth and was brought home by a John Kizmann RBI single. Following Kizmann's hit Tyler Blendowski pinch ran for the Dragons. Evan Lobato would line a single into the outfield and the speedster Blendowski ran through the stop sign of head coach Jason Groschel at third base and was eventually thrown out at the plate.
That would be as close as the Dragons would get to tying it.
"We're dealing with some inexperience but the guys fought hard today," said Groschel. "(Lobato and Mnich) battled on the mound. We made some mistakes that costed us today and I'm sure some of the guys are feeling it but I'm proud of the way they fought."
Memorial out hit their crosstown rivals 7-4 and Dragons players committed four errors to Memorial's none.
Kyle Cala was the only player for either side to have a multi-hit game as he went 2-for-4 for the Mustangs.
"After losing last year, it feels good to bring the trophy back," said Rizzitello. "It was a tough game, every year you always have to throw the records out the window when we play each other."