CIC Title Game: South's Johnson throws 3-hit shutout
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 27, 2021
South 7, Eagle River 0
South starter Isaac Johnson threw a 3-hit masterpiece on a night when the Wolverines made history by winning the inaugural CIC Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.
Leadoff hitter Kellen Curtis had two RBIs and second baseman Sean Giffen had one RBI and five assists in support of Johnson’s sizzling shutout as South extended its 14-game winning streak with a 7-0 victory in the tournament championship game.
Johnson racked up 10 strikeouts and retired 11 straight batters over the second, third, fourth innings. When he did give up a base hit to lead off the fifth, his battery mate Dylan Maltby erased him with a caught stealing.
It was that kind of night.
Johnson allowed just three hits – two of them to Cam Witte on an infield single to lead off the game and then a double to lead off the sixth inning. Witte finished 2-for-3 while the rest of his team was 1-for-20 against the 6-foot-3 right-hander from South.
Johnson will take his 17.1-inning scoreless streak into next week’s ASAA State Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.
South (14-0) has been a fast starter all season, averaging 3.4 runs in the first inning across eight CIC games. But credit Witte for keeping a clean sheet against the Wolverines in the first inning, only the second time South hasn’t scored in the opening frame.
It wouldn’t last.
Giffen’s RBI single made it 1-0 in the second inning and Curtis ripped a two-run single to make it 3-0. South added to its total in the third inning to take a 5-0 lead.
The third inning was a nightmare defensively for Eagle River as errors and mental miscues forced Witte to record four outs to get out of the frame on three strikeouts and a groundout.
South tacked on another run on Oliver Brown’s RBI single in the fourth inning and Joey Serra doubled and scored the final run in the fifth inning.
Eagle River (10-4) had already punched its ticket to the state tournament by virtue of its semifinal win last night against Dimond.
Witte pitched the first three innings and got little help behind him as all five runs he gave up were unearned. Josh Thompson closed it out with three innings of relief, wiggling out of a two-on, no-out jam in the seventh inning.