The Gehlen Catholic baseball team maintained its spot at the top of the War Eagle Conference with a 4-1 victory over Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Friday night in Marcus.
"There are no gimmies anymore in the War Eagle, we've said that for 3 1/2 weeks now," said Gehlen coach Marty Kurth. "Marcus played really well. We had enough people on base, didn't get the big hit when we needed it, but the pitching came through again. Joe (Wells) and Kyle (Britton) both threw excellent."
Wells started on the mound and improved to 3-1 with the win, allowing one earned run while striking out seven batters over the first four innings. Britton came out of the bullpen to provide three innings of hitless ball to pick up the save.
The Eagles held a 1-0 lead going into the top of the fourth inning before Mitch Kurth drove in Britton with a double to tie the game at 1-1. A one-out suicide squeeze bunt by Nick Livermore scored Kurth to give the Jays the lead.
Gehlen took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning as Alex Loutsch led off with a single and scored on a double by Jason Rohe. Rohe advanced to third and scored on a wild throw that put the Jays in front 4-1.
Kurth and Loutsch each had two of Gehlen's eight hits in the contest. The conference-leading Jays (17-4-1, 14-1) return to action tonight when they host Class 1A No. 7-ranked Remsen St. Mary's at the Riverview Complex.
"I still think St. Mary's is one of the best ballclubs in the state," said Kurth. "We've just gotta go out and do as well as were capable of doing and see what happens."