Steinbrenner Blanks Newsome Thanks To CJ Van Eyk
There aren’t many guarantees in life but one thing certainly comes close, when CJ Van Eyk takes the mound for the Steinbrenner Warriors the opposing team’s offense generally has an ineffective night.
That rang true Tuesday night as the Warriors battled the Newsome Wolves on the road. Van Eyk was dominate, hurling a complete-game shutout and tallying 12 strikeouts. After being held scoreless for six innings, the Warriors’ offense broke through in the top of the seventh inning with two-runs en route to a 2-0 victory over the Wolves.
Van Eyk picked up his fourth win of the season for the Warriors (11-3) and broke the 50 strikeout mark on the season, dropping his ERA to a minuscule 0.84 on the year. Van Eyk was nearly perfect on the night, allowing just one hit and walking none. The lone hit came in the bottom of the second but was quickly erased by an inning-ending double play.
The Warriors needed the strong effort from Van Eyk because the Wolves (8-5) countered with Will Ohme, who threw a complete-game of his own, holding the Warriors scoreless through the first six innings. Ohme allowed just three hits and three walks and struck out four on the night.
A sacrifice hit from Anthony Cassos scored Tyler Lala to break the scoreless tie in the top of the seventh. The Warriors added another run two batters later when Dalton Raeckers crossed the plate.
Tyler Lala and Turk collected the only hits for the Warriors in this pitching duel, with Turk collecting two of the three hits. He also added an RBI and Lala scored a run.
Senior Tyler Doyle was credited with the only hit against Van Eyk, a single to right in the bottom of the second. Doyle added a stolen base during his only trip to the base paths.