T.O. sqeaks out win over rival

first_img“I felt I was throwing well,” Smith said. “My pitches were working, and our defense played great.” The Lancers (5-0) showed no fear when it came to attacking Panthers standout Andrew Lambo. “We were going to go after him and test him,” Smith said. Thousand Oaks coach Frank Mutz echoed Smith’s sentiments. “When you attack the strike zone, good things will happen.” The Lancers exploited Newbury Park’s lack of a No.2 starter by scoring four runs in the third inning to take a 5-0 lead. Panthers starter Mike Scwhartz failed to record an out as he gave up a single to Collin Lavoie and walked Chris Hannick before issuing back-to-back RBI singles to Jett Bandy, who finished 3 for 3, and Jeff Johnson. Scwhartz was then replaced by Stuart Krock, who gave up a two-run double to Harrison Kain. “Their coach had a game plan. You have to tip your hat off to them,” said Lambo, 2006 Daily News Player of the Year. “We’ll be hungry now that we know what game plan they have. That’s a great team.” The lone bright spot for the Panthers (4-1) was the pitching of 5-foot-4, 109-pound freshmen Jimmy Sherfy. Sherfy, who pitched 22/3innings, inherited runners on second and third in the third inning, but he retired two batters to minimize the damage. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The matchup between two of the area’s top run-scoring teams turned out to be anything but a showing of the potent offenses during the championship baseball game of the Easton Tournament at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Saturday. Thousand Oaks instead scraped out a 5-1 victory over Marmonte League rival Newbury Park. center_img The Lancers and Panthers came into the game having outscored their previous four opponents 46-9 and 41-12, respectively. However, there would be no slugfest as Thousand Oaks rode the pitching of junior Chad Smith (3-0), who scattered three hits in five innings. last_img