Friday, April 16, 2004
By Vincent Lewis
There are those who believe that winning a game all starts with that person who stands on the mound tossing the baseball across the plate for a strike. When two cross city rivals met on the diamond, it would be Joe Voiro who came up with the big pitches for Cherry Hill West limiting Cherry Hill East’s chances of scoring. The Cougars would rally around their starting pitcher manufacturing the first 2 runs of the game during the first inning of an Olympic Conference game played at East. After a seven full innings were completed, Voiro would be rewarded with an 8-0 victory giving West their third victory of the young season.
Don’t misunderstand that a game is only won by the pitcher alone. Well, maybe that’s true for some high school baseball teams with some pitchers showing the capability to not only throw a fast ball over the plate for a strike but there have times they have the ability to crush a fast ball themselves over the center field fence to a home run. Nevertheless, there are nine players on the field all working together as a unit in search of a win for the team. The West defense demonstrated that throughout their first meeting of the season against the Cougars.
So far this season, East has had trouble putting runs on the scoreboard. But that’s not due to a lack of effort. The Cougars proved that during this game as they had their chances of getting that first run of the season, but the defense along with Voiro came up big when needed. After West started out the game with a two run lead, East would have scoring opportunities during the bottom half of the first and third innings before Voiro strikeouts ended the scoring threat leaving the runners in scoring position stranded.
The defense would also come up big during the game when it looked as if Cherry Hill East would finally score their first run of the season. But not waiting to see that happen, the Lions roared on for three mores run in the sixth and three in the seventh to break this game open. Starting pitcher Voiro would complete the game recording 11 strikeouts through six innings. Cherry Hill West has another what is expected to be an easy schedule next week to move up in the standings. As for the Cougars, it gets tougher next week with Camden Catholic, Washington Township and Winslow Township on their schedule.
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