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Ireton Manhandles Rival O'Connell 15-0
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ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- It took until the third inning for the Bishop Ireton Cardinals to figure out O'Connell starting pitcher Greg Krug. But once they did, an offensive outpouring at the plate bombarded the Knights, who were defeated by their bitter rival, Ireton, 15-0.

"We've been on the flip side of this several times [against O'Connell]," said Ireton head coach Mike Gallagher. "So, this feels great."

Surprisingly enough, it was the bottom of the lineup who kick-started things for the Cardinals. First baseman Nick Tangoria led off the inning by smacking a double to left center field, starting a rally of six straight Ireton batters reaching base. By the end of the third the Cardinals held a comfortable 6-0 lead. 

The third inning was just the beginning of the romp though. O'Connell would allow a four-run inning in the fourth, and a five-run inning in the fifth. The Knights committed a whopping eight errors, making sloppy plays in the infield and outfield. 

"We really hit the ball hard today and sprayed the ball all over the place," said center fielder Andrew Selby, who finished 3-for-3, with an RBI, a steal and two runs scored. "We're going to look to build upon this game and start a winning streak."

The Ireton offense will steal the headlines but it was starting Cardinal pitcher Cody Hagenston who probably deserves the most individual credit. The shaggy-haired righty (pictured above) allowed two hits in five innings and struck out four Knight batters.

"My fastball was working good today and my change-up. I was able to get ahead in the count a lot too," added Hagenston, a junior. 

Ireton is now 9-5 on the season while O'Connell has fallen to 6-8. 

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