UNION TWP. | Larry Crisler had four hits for Bishop Noll, but it was Danny Pobereyko that delivered the blast that got everyone off their feet on Tuesday.
Pobereyko crushed a two-run home run over the center field fence in the fifth inning that went nearly 400 feet and helped send the Warriors to a 13-1 Greater South Shore Conference victory over Wheeler in five innings.
The Butler-bound senior followed up his home run by striking out the side in the bottom half of the inning, pushing Times No. 4 Bishop Noll’s record to 12-2 and 7-0 in the league.
“It was a first-pitch fastball and I got what I was looking for,” Pobereyko said. “It’s definitely nice to get a big win over our rival. We’re playing with a lot of confidence right now.”
That confidence was evident from the jump as each member of the Warrior lineup registered a hit, including Crisler, who went 4-4 with three runs and two RBI.
“It makes the game go by faster when we’re hitting like that,” Crisler said. “We were hitting the ball and Danny was throwing strikes. We came out and played our game.”
The Warriors got contributions from all over the lineup as Anthony Fundukian had two hits out of the eight spot and nine-hitter Jaylen Yarbrough scored three runs.
“That’s what we’ve been doing lately,” Bishop Noll coach Paul Wirtz said. “We’ve got different guys who can deliver each game. It’s a team effort when we’re hitting like this.”
The Bearcats (2-7, 1-2) scored a run in the first inning and had runners on the corners in the third inning, but were unable to get much going against Pobereyko. Freshman pitcher Jake LaFever gave up a bulk of the runs, but gained some confidence from coach Josh Long.
“I thought that Jake kept his composure and battled through some things,” Long said. “Against a team like (Bishop Noll), you can’t give them extra outs and that comes with some of the experience issues that we’re battling through. This is a learning process for us, but we’re going to put it together.”