GLEN DALE - The next time Bishop Donahue beats John Marshall in baseball, it will have one for the thumb.
Hunter Kaschke tossed a four-hitter and worked out of a mess in the sixth inning as he led Bishop Donahue to its fourth victory against John Marshall in the baseball-playing history of the schools, 8-3.
''That's a big win for our kids,'' Bishops coach Bob Kleeh said.
Bishop Donahue’s Joey Myers forces out John Marshall’s Tanner Filben at second base looks to turn a double play with a throw to first during Thursday’s game.
Kaschke struck out seven, had a two-hitter going into the sixth, and all three runs he surrendered were unearned.
''He really could have had a shutout,'' Kleeh said.
It's true. Kaschke whiffed the first two batters of the sixth before an error on a routine ground ball gave the Monarchs something to work with.
''That's what he can do,'' Kleeh said. ''That kid will take the ball every time I give it to him. I could give it to him (today) after throwing 95 pitches (Thursday). He's just a battler out there.''
Kaschke's teammates gave him some early support with three in the second inning, highlighted by a two-run single by No. 9 hitter Brett More.
''With two strikes,'' Kleeh pointed out. ''He cut his swing down, and put it in play. That was just a complete team win right there.''
The Bishops (10-6) tacked on five more in the fourth as Matt Vucelik and Kaschke each drove in runs ahead of a ringing three-run double to the opposite field by Lane Lemasters. Joey Myers had three singles and scored a run for the Bishops.
''We continue to give people runs,'' said JM coach Bob Montgomery, whose team committed three errors while his pitchers combined to walk six. ''We've been doing it all season.''
John Marshall (10-9) scored its first run on a wild pitch as Kaschke's lone walk of the game came back to hunt him. That came in front of a two-run single by Ryan Davis.
Prior to that inning, the Monarchs had only one player get into scoring position all evening.
''That was a well-pitched game by Hunter Kaschke,'' Montgomery said. ''A real good game for them. A great day for them.''