Strong start from Ferrero helps St. Ignatius beat Riordan 

DALY CITY -- At Marchbank Park in Daly City, St. Ignatius baseball team pounced on Riordan early and ran away late to beat its city rivals 8-1 in West Catholic Athletic League play on Friday.

St. Ignatius junior starting pitcher Andrew Ferrero was dominant against the Crusaders, pitching six innings of one-hit ball with three strikeouts while giving up one run. Ferrero, who had a couple of five-pitch innings, now boasts a 5-1 record on the season with a 1.77 ERA.

"I didn't have the change-up command so much today, but I thought my fastball command was pretty good today," Ferrero said. "My catcher Rob Emery called a great game and the defense played great behind me today. It was really about those guys today."

The Wildcats (10-7, 5-2), who beat Riordan 7-4 in their previous meeting on March 21, started early in this game.

With one out in the bottom of the first, Emery singled to left and then stole second to get things started for St. Ignatius. Shortstop Logan Steinberg then walked, setting the table for senior third baseman Stephan Ostrowski. Ostrowski -- who is batting .391 on the season -- pulled a 2-2 pitch off of Riordan sophomore Christian Hammerich down the left-field line for a three-run homer, giving the Wildcats a 3-0 lead.

"The first inning was great for us," St. Ignatius coach Matthew Stecher said. "Stephan has been a power hitter for us all year and he's patient and has a good eye for the zone. Andrew has been a force in this rotation. He had a little shaky second inning, but he recovered and came back and had some very quick innings. He had a great outing."

Riordan (6-11, 2-8) answered in the top-half of the second. The Crusaders worked the bases loaded with two walks and a single by senior first baseman Nick Healey. Riordan's lone run came when Raul Callero was hit by a Ferrero pitch, cutting the Wildcats' lead to 3-1.

But that was all Riordan was able to muster, as the seven-run loss marked its most lopsided defeat in WCAL play. The Crusaders look to get back on track Tuesday in non-league action against Lowell High School.

"It's just one of those things when you work real hard, you try real hard and give all your effort, and you can never break that barrier, it starts to wear on you," Riordan coach Brandon Ramsey said. "I think today was a day where we finally kind of broke and cracked, and against a city rival, and it's a bit disappointing to see. We'll look to keep pushing and try to finish this season strong."

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