Abramovich shines in Huskies 4-3 win over Bishop Miege

With seven strikeouts in a complete-game win, senior Max Abramovich picked up his fifth win of the season as the Huskies improved to 11-3. Junior Sean Roseborough went 2-for-3 with the game-winning RBI for the Huskies.

Gabe Swartz, Editor-in-chief

With just three days of rest under his belt, senior Max Abramovich took the mound Tuesday afternoon at Bishop Miege seeking his fifth win of the season. The Huskies senior ace threw two and one third innings Friday night to help Blue Valley Northwest defeat Shawnee Mission Northwest, 3-2 in extra innings and delivered again for the Huskies against the Stags.

In one of the few Bishop Miege threats of the day, the Stags senior shortstop and Notre Dame commit Carter Putz strode to the plate with runners on first and second base and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Abramovich had already thrown 96 pitches but had enough left in the tank to induce a ground ball to sophomore shortstop Ryan Callahan that ended the Stags threat.

“I just felt like I didn’t have all my stuff,” Abramovich said, “but I felt like I just competed. Hit my spots and that’s all a pitcher needs to do. Hit his spots and compete.”

Despite Abramovich admitting he did not possess his best stuff, head coach Corby Lange said he felt like the complete-game was the most impressive of his five wins.

“I thought it was his best outing of the year, hands down.”

Putz’s fielder’s choice groundout put a cap on the sixth straight win for the Huskies.

After grabbing an early 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning with infield singles by senior Holden Missey and junior Sean Roseborough, the Huskies gave it all back when Abramovich allowed 3 runs to come in via a single and three throwing errors- the only blemish on Abramovich’s seven-inning performance coming in his wild pickoff attempts. Missey said he believed some of the errors on pickoff attempts were his fault.

“I think partially that was my fault,” Missey said. “I know he did a great job, I know he was not feeling 100 percent going into today’s game because he’s been pitching a lot but I think he did a great job of locating and understanding and trusting his stuff. He also when he needed to trusted his defense, and I thought although we made some errors, we also made some big plays as well down the stretch.”

With the score tied at 3 apiece heading into the seventh inning, Missey said the Huskies offensive approach simplified. Instead of looking for a big inning, BVNW searched for a way to scratch across one run. They found it when a softly hit fly ball from Roseborough found its way into right field to score pinch-runner Will Dennis and give the Huskies a 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh.

“I had to sit back so I saw the first fastball and I just jumped on it,” Roseborough said, after his 2-RBI performance.

The Huskies win improves their record for the 2017-18 season to 11-3. Blue Valley Northwest travels to Blue Valley West on Wednesday, May 2 to take on the Jaguars. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. After blowout wins over BVW and Blue Valley North last week, and one-run wins over Shawnee Mission Northwest and Bishop Miege during the Huskies last two games, Lange said the team is gaining valuable experience for postseason play.

“Obviously these types of games are more regional types of games,” Lange said. “And we need to be able to play in that type of game as much as its fun to play in [blowouts] and open up the offense, but yeah, I think it’s important that we play in both styles of games and can find ways to win in both.”