Toad batmen crush VPS Wildcats,
by Misty Volaski
Inexperience killed the wildcat Wednesday when The Thacher
School blanked Villanova, 15-0, in five innings.
Coach Muller brought Wildcat James Howard, a sophomore, in to
pitch for the first time. Thacher took advantage of this in the
beginning of the game, prompting Villanova to relieve Howard
with Doug Grey, who had four strikeouts in two innings.
"Baseball is a tough sport. You don't learn in one season,"
Villanova's varsity boys' baseball coach John Muller said. "We
have four guys who have never played baseball before."
Coming off an 8-1 win over Condor League rival Cate last weekend,
Thacher threw Villanova for a loop with 15 runs on 11 hits. Thacher
did most of its scoring in the second and third innings, when
Toad pitcher Charlie Munzig slammed the ball into the left corner
to clear the bases. Munzig (2-0), of Ojai, also doubled, singled,
scored a run and drove in four Toads while striking out nine
Wildcats while on the mound.
Thacher teammate Jimmy Madigan also held his own, going two for
two with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBIs, while Owili
Eison went two for three with a run and an RBI.
Thacher profited from Villanova's eight errors - many of which
came during crucial moments when a dropped Wildcat ball meant
a gained Thacher run.
Villanova's loss of several key players to graduation last year
meant coach Muller had a lot of work to do to bring his team
up to par. He still does.
Though Villanova credited Wednesday's loss to a novice Wildcat
lineup, Muller is confident in his players' potential.
"Our catcher Bill Black has a great baseball mind,"
Muller said. "And James Howard has never pitched before
but did a good job of it."
He cited off-season work as a crucial element in the development
of Villanova's team.
"They try hard, and do whatever you ask, but we're just
not there yet," Muller said.
Thacher, currently 3-0 in the Condor League and 4-3 overall,
plays today at Oaks Christian at 7 p.m.
Villanova, at 0-3 in the Condor League and 0-7 overall, plays
tomorrow at home against St. Augustine at noon.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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CHARLIE MUNZIG clears the bases with a deep fly ball over Villanova's
outfielders head. Thacher's 15-0 win over Villanova Wednesday
brings the Toads to a 3-0 record in the Condor League.