Come playoff time, an ugly win is a lot better than a pretty loss.
Bishop England defeated Timberland, 4-0, to capture the District VI baseball championship on Wednesday night. While Bishops head coach Mike Darnell was not overly impressed with his team’s performance, the coach will certainly take the win.
Bishop England advances to the Lower State AA final four bracket and will play at Waccamaw on Saturday.
“Winning at this point in the season is certainly better than the alternative, but as a coach I would have hoped we would play with more emotion and with more intensity than we showed today,” said Darnell. “We seemed a little disinterested today. I guess that happens with kids on a bunch of different teams. But I would like to see us have a little better approach to the game, in all areas. As I said, I’m happy to win and to move on, but we’re hoping we’re better on Saturday.”
Left-hander Edward Bolchoz scattered five hits and struck out seven in a complete-game effort for the Bishops. Bolchoz faced his biggest challenge in the top of the sixth when Timberland loaded the bases with no outs. The crafty southpaw induced three short fly-ball outs to end the threat.
“He was good today, really in command for the most part,” said Darnell. “He pitched pretty well. He got out some big jams. Timberland helped us some, but I thought Edward made some good pitches and battled a lot better than he had earlier in the season. He was a pitcher today.”
Bishop England also finished the night with five hits but took advantage of four Timberland errors. The Bishops scored single runs in the first and second and led 4-0 after four innings.
“Some things that we had been doing pretty well until today, we didn’t do so well,” said Darnell.
The Bishops improved to 14-12 on the season with the victory, a far cry from an 0-7 start to open the season.
“We’ve steadily improved as the season went along and I felt really good until the performance today,” said Darnell. “Hopefully we can get this group excited for the next round. It will definitely get tougher. We’ve got a fairly young team so this is a growing experience for them.”