O’Shea Tosses Gem to Lift Swanton Past Delta 5-1


Swanton Junior Ryan O’Shea gave up two hits and one run in the first inning then slammed the door shut the rest of the way as the Bulldogs defeated the Delta Panthers 5-1 on Military Appreciation Day at Delta’s Jim Harmon Field on Thursday.  In the final six innings of his complete game victory, O’Shea allowed just one hit and finished the game with 10 strikeouts and only two walks.

“My curveball wasn’t working in that first inning, in the first two innings, actually,” said O’Shea explaining the bumpy start.  “But then it got better and I started throwing my two-seam fastball which was really moving in the wind.”  The entire game was played under a weather wind advisory which saw gusts of between 40-50 miles per hour.

The contest was tight for most of the way with each team scoring a run in the first inning, then Swanton adding a run in the second for a 2-1 lead.  O’Shea and Delta starter Bradyn Ruffer pitched brilliantly for the next four innings, neither allowing a run to score.

However, in the top of the seventh, the Bulldogs scored three runs after the first two batters were retired to put the game on ice.  Garret Swank collected his second hit of the game and later scored on a double to left-center by Drew Smigelski.  Smigelski came home on a single up the middle by O’Shea who then scored when Kaden Curtis reached first on an error.

“Just phenomenal,” said Swanton head coach Josh Siewert reacting to O’Shea’s performance on the mound.  “We’ve kind of been struggling with pitching overall.  Pitchers are only getting one or two innings in and he threw a complete game and saved us some pitching.”

The win was the first in the NWOAL against one loss.  Swanton’s record overall moved to 4-2.

Pictured: Swanton Bulldog pitcher Ryan O’Shea

Click on the link above to access photos from the game. Photos are in the jpeg format to allow for editing and can be downloaded for no charge courtesy of fultoncountymedia.com.

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