HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL


First Posted: 4/21/2014

Brian Gorski got more offensive production from Cahil Carey by temporarily moving him to a less prominent spot in the Lake-Lehman baseball batting order.

Duplicating a move he used a year ago, the Lake-Lehman coach dropped his junior shortstop to the last spot in the batting order.

Carey used the change in 2013 to snap out of an early-season slump, then went on to lead the team in batting average.

“He was struggling in the beginning of the year, same as last year,” Gorski said of Carey, who started at second base as a freshman and sophomore. “We moved him down in the lineup to the nine hole.

“Last year, he ended up leading the team as a result of getting some confidence, seeing some fastballs.”

Carey is already back to second in the lineup and feeling comfortable at the plate, but in two games from the ninth spot in the order, he had four hits while leading Lake-Lehman to one of its only two Wyoming Valley Conference victories, beating rival Dallas.

“The same thing seems to be occurring again,” Gorski said. “We moved him back to the top of the order in the two hole and he seems to be performing well since that move.

“It looks like he’s back on track.”

Carey came through twice in the last three innings April 17 when Lake-Lehman rallied for a 6-4, eight-inning victory over Dallas.

Lake-Lehman took a 4-3 lead in the sixth when Carey drove in two runs. After Dallas forced extra innings, Carey doubled in the eighth inning to drive in Justus Cole with the winning run.

“We want to make sure he’s comfortable,” Gorski said. “We need him on base.”

John Van Scoy, who also had a double and matched Carey’s three RBI, added a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to complete the scoring against Dallas.

Scott Bean struck out four while throwing 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief for the win.

Dallas was led by Justin Brojakowski, who was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Jordan McCrum, who struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings.

Carey also had two of Lake-Lehman’s four hits during a 10-1 loss to Pittston Area while batting in the ninth spot.

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