WINSLOW — When the Winslow and Oceanside high school baseball teams played each other last season, the game was one of the best pitcher’s duels of the regular season. On Monday, the teams met again, with each throwing the same ace — Nick Mazurek for Oceanside, Dylan Hapworth for Winslow — as last season,
In the rematch at Nivison Diamond, Oceanside capitalized on a few early key hits and the Black Raiders couldn’t take advantage of their best scoring chance. The result was a 4-1 win for the Mariners, who improved to 8-0.
Winslow dropped to 5-3.
“We know how good they are. Record-wise, we’re the No. 1 team in the conference right now, but I think they’re still the team to beat in this conference when we get into June,” Oceanside coach Don Shields said.
The tone for this game was set in the first inning. After Oceanside took a 1-0 when Nick Judge scored on J.T. Tobin’s sacrifice fly in foul territory in right field, the Black Raiders loaded the bases with nobody out. Mazurek got a strikeout for the first out, then got out of the inning unscathed with a double play grounder to short.
“My defense really made one heck of a play for me, to make that double play, and really save me,” Mazurek said.
“It was gigantic,” Shields said. “We’re still up, 1-0. That takes a little wind out of their sails.”
While Winslow had more chances to score, none were as good as that opportunity in the first.
“It’s tough to come back when you don’t capitalize on a bases loaded, nobody out,” Winslow coach Jesse LaCasse said.
Mazurek needed just 85 pitches to get through the game, allowing five hits and two walks with five strikeouts. In other games, the big sophomore relied heavily on his hard fastball. Against Winslow, Mazurek’s out pitch was his changeup.
“I had really good control on it, and it was just enough to throw off hitters and make my fastball look harder than it really is. I never threw one wild one. Everything was right on for the change up,” Mazurek said.
Added LaCasse: “Early in the game he was using his fastball and changeup. Later in the game he was using his curveball, which he was dropping in there perfectly. It ended up being his best pitch toward the end of the game, in my opinion. He definitely made some knees buckle.”
Oceanside made it 2-0 in the third inning. With two outs, Zac Roman singled and stole second base. Mazurek then doubled to center to drive in Roman.
Winslow’s run came in the third. After Zach Guptill reached on a two out error to extend the inning, Ryan Dubois singled to score Ben Smith.
The Mariners scored two run in the top of the fourth. Zach Peaco led off with a walk and scored on Thomas Curtis’s double to left-center. Pinch runner Caleb Jacob then scored on a passed ball for a 4-1 lead. Dylan Hapworth allowed five hits and two walks while striking out 12.
“He’s a great pitcher,” Mazurek said. “We just got hits at the right time to get a lead.”
“They had a lot of two strike line drives. They came out swinging short swings, and that’s really what you need against guys like these two pitchers here,” LaCasse said.
In the fourth, Winslow lost a runner at third base when Roman made a perfect throw from center on a single by Dameron Rodrigue to gun down Jacob Trask.
“That’s one of the best throws you’ll ever see, right there,” Mazurek said. “Right on the dot, no doubt about it.”