King William blanks Middlesex

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King William coach Jay Blanton could tell when his players started to focus May 9 against Middlesex, because it showed in their offense in the fourth inning.

"I will be honest with you, I wasn't very happy with the way we played in the first three innings," Cavaliers coach Jay Blanton said. "We were flat and really weren't very focused, but then we talked about it in the dugout and really put it together in the fourth inning. What we really need to do is focus that way for seven innings because if we want to go deep in the playoffs that is what we will have to do."

While the Cavaliers sorted things out at the plate, their pitcher was mowing down Middlesex batters throughout the game.

King William's pitcher Jake Duresky struck out 10 en route to a five-inning shutout.

"In the beginning of the season we thought Jake would be a middle reliever for us, but he has proven he is much better than that," Blanton said. "I think this is his third quality start, which is giving me depth on the mound."

The Cavaliers scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning, when Jacob Shepherd lined a single to left field with the bases loaded. Duresky then drilled a single to left scoring two. They scored two more runs in the third with hits by Adam Schools, Jacob Shepherd, Owen Longest and Shawn Parker.

"It took us awhile to get our bats going, but once they did we really strung them together," Blanton said.

The Cavaliers blew open the game in the fourth, when they batted around with Ryan Huffman getting a single and double in the inning. Schools, Luke Slaughter and Duresky all stroked hits in the inning making the game 12-0.

When Middlesex was unable to score in the top of the fifth inning, the game ended via the mercy rule. It was the Cavaliers second win this season against Middlesex, who they also blanked April 20 in a 17-0 victory.

"I tell the players after every game, this team has the talent to go deep in the playoffs," Blanton said. "We just need to stay focus and not take any innings off."

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