Boston High School: Greg Vouros

Recap: No. 10 Amherst 5, No. 22 Springfield Cathedral 2

May, 25, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. -- The way Jamie Carey describes it, it sounds almost too simple.

“Guys seem to get on base ahead of me all the time when I’m hitting and I usually drive them in most of the time,” said Carey, who upped his team-leading RBI total to 22 after knocking in three more runs in Amherst's 5-2 victory over Springfield Cathedral Friday night at Stanley P. Ziomek Field.

The Hurricanes improve their overall mark to 14-5. They still have one final regular-season game remaining at Longmeadow on Saturday. The Panthers, who completed their regular-season, fall to 13-7. Both schools have already qualified for the Western Mass. Division 1 tournament.

Trailing 2-0 early, the Hurricanes rallied for three runs in the third and added a pair in the fourth to put this one away. After a shaky start, senior pitcher Asher Young responded nicely, going the distance, allowing just 3 hits while striking out 4. The benefactor of a late-breaking two-seam fastball and a 12-to-6 curve, Young, who will pitch for Wesleyan University next season, stymied Cathedral’s potent offense over the final six innings.

“After a tough first inning he was pretty phenomenal,” Amherst head coach Greg Vouros said. “He works hard and he works quickly.”

Playing under a light drizzle and strong wind gusts, the Hurricanes rebounded from their early deficit. In the decisive third inning, they loaded the bases against Panther righthander Tim Danehy. Young’s ground out drove in his team’s first run and Carey followed with a hard, two-out single up the middle giving Amherst a 3-2 lead.

“It was a great job by Jamie to get that two-out, two-RBI hit as a sophomore,” said Vouros. “We have some guys up in our order with high on-base percentages. In fact, all three of the guys batting ahead of him are multi-year players and the strength of this team is our leadership. It's made a big difference.”

One inning later the Hurricanes loaded the bases again. Young's infield single off the glove of Danehy plated a run to make it 4-2. Carey followed suit by legging out a chopper to the left side for a single and putting Amherst in front by three runs.

“To see our guys come through and fight back like they did, it certainly shows how some clutch, timely hitting really helps you out,” added Vouros.

After the offense did its part, Young took control of things from there, surrendering just a pair of singles over the final three frames to improve his mound record to 5-3, and, in turn, avenge an earlier 2-1 loss he suffered versus Cathedral.

“The way he pitches, like tonight, it really helps us out in the field,” said Carey. “We trust him as much as anybody else we have out there.”

The Panthers grabbed a two-run lead in opening frame. With two runners in scoring position following an error, a single and a SAC bunt, Cathedral wasn’t about to let this opportunity sail by. A fly out by Danehy deep to centerfield scored the Panthers first run. Moments later, a passed ball plated another. As it turned out, it was the only damage Young would encounter as he seemed to grow stronger on the hill as the game progressed.

“We have a lot of respect for Amherst and the way they play the game,” Cathedral head coach Pat Moriarty said. “Young is a very good pitcher but so is Danehy. We were just a little unlucky tonight as far as some of their hits dropping in and ours didn’t. I thought we played pretty-well and deserved better tonight.”

Recap: No. 6 Springfield Cathedral 3, Amherst 0

April, 30, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. -- There are certain aspects within the game of baseball that coaches fear and loath. Among them is giving opposing teams extra outs in an inning.

After begrudgingly watching his infield boot and toss the ball all over the place in yesterday’s Valley League contest against Springfield Cathedral, Amherst head coach Greg Vouros can now relate.

The Hurricanes committed seven errors in all, but the four made in the third inning proved to be a backbreaker. The ever-so-gracious Panthers took full advantage of Amherst's defensive issues during the frame by scoring three times en route to a 3-0 victory at Stan P. Ziomek Diamond.

“I think we’re a little rusty and we’re starting to put some pressure on ourselves,” said Vouros, whose club fell to 7-4. “It was a tough day for our defense which has been a strength for us and it kind of fell apart today, particularly in that third inning.”

While the defense will take much of the heat over this defeat, fingers can also be pointed to the Hurricane offense which was non-existent against Cathedral ace Harrison Paige. The senior put up another brilliant complete game performance, allowing just one hit, walking two and striking out eight. The righthander is now 4-0 and has allowed just one run in 28 innings pitched this season.

“It was another ho-hum performance by him,” quipped Panthers coach Pat Moriarty. “He takes the hill and we are very confident when he does. Harrison throws strikes and keeps our defense in the game."

Amherst junior righty Asher Young also put forth a solid outing in spite having little support behind him. Young went the distance, giving up five hits and no earned runs.

“Asher pitched great and mixed it up well,” Vouros said. “He’s a competitor. He battled throughout and gave us a shot to win. He was accurate, threw strikes and got ahead in the count all game.”

Cathedral, now 10-1 and qualified for the MIAA Division 1 Western Mass. tournament, had an opportunity to grab the lead in the second inning but Young was able to get out of a bases-loaded jam unharmed. The next frame, however, was a different story.

After Young retired the first batter he faced, Tim Danehy and Frank Crinella each reached base on back-to-back errors by shortstop Justin Carey. Mike Krupczak followed with another bouncer to Carey but this time the junior fielded the ball, however his throw to force Crinella at second was a tad late.With still time to get Krupczak at first, Hurricane second baseman Jack Berg-Schrader bounced a throw which skipped past first baseman Mike Walkowicz.

Meanwhile, Danehy -- who had never stopped running -- was sprinting toward the plate. Walkowicz recovered the ball quickly, but his throw home sailed past catcher Jose Cabrera giving Cathedral a 1-0 lead.

The inning continued for the Panthers. With runners on second and third and the infield playing in, sophomore Andrew Noonan chopped a single to center field scoring Crinella and Krupczak giving them a three-run cushion.

"We know we have to get runners moving and get them into scoring position and find ways to get them in," Moriarty said. "We were fortunate enough today, especially with Andrew's big single with two out to do that by putting guys in motion."

As it turned out, that was all Paige and Co. needed. As tough as Young proved to be on the hill, Paige was tougher. The AIC commit threw 104 pitches, displaying a lot of movement and keeping the Hurricanes off-stride throughout.

“He’s been really hitting his spots and that’s what he and I try to focus on the most,” said Noonan, the Panthers’ catcher. “Even when he doesn’t have his best stuff which I felt was the case today, he still got us the win. His curveball was really on today. He didn’t throw a lot of off-speed today but when he did he executed them well, expecially when the count was 0-2 and 1-2.”