BERWYN — Riverside Brookfield is loaded with senior talent, but a junior, Will Kincanon, may be the most important part of the team.
Kincanon is the Bulldogs' ace and showed why on Thursday in Berwyn. The junior struck out nine Morton batters in an 8-4 RB win.
“I had my good stuff today," Kincanon said. “I think all three of my pitches are strikeout pitches. On any given day all those pitches can be A+ pitches. Today my fastball was biting a lot and had a lot of movement and my curveball was really good so that was what we went with.”
RB (1-1) led 4-0 after three innings before Morton finally got on the board against Kincanon. The Mustangs scored twice off RBI singles from Elias McMahon and Sergio Villalobos.
The Bulldogs scored two more runs in each of the next two innings to give Kincanon plenty of support. Kincanon gave up four runs over six innings.
“Like I told them in the huddle, hitting is contagious,” said RB coach Dallas Till. “When you got a guy like Will on the bump eight runs is more than enough.”
Villalobos started on the mound for Morton and gave up six runs over 4.2 innings.
The young Mustangs are 0-2 after losing at St. Rita 8-0 in the opener on Saturday.
"The kids are trying to get acclimated to the speed of varsity baseball," said Morton coach Mike Casey. "They’re making some silly mental mistakes right now. It just shows we haven’t played enough in terms of where we’re at in terms of the season being in late March you’d think we’d have at least six, seven games in. I see it in our hitters in their approach. They need to see more game-like pitches."