Kevin Courtney had a fantastic start to his season this afternoon. The St. John the Baptist senior tripled in his first at-bat. He was intentionally walked with runners at first and third with two outs in the second. He struck out the final three batters of the the fourth inning.
The lefthander hit another triple in the fifth, but he dislocated his right shoulder on the slide into third in SJB's 6-1 win over St. Anthony's. The St. Anthony's trainer popped it back into place and Courtney was in a sling. X-rays showed no damage and he is expected to miss no more than three weeks.
"It’s a dislocated shoulder," Courtney said before going to the hospital. "It should be about two to three weeks. I’m just going to cheer them on as much as I can."
The Stony Brook-bound Courtney, the NSCHSAA Player of the Year last season, went 10-0 as a sophomore and won the deciding Game 3 of the CHSAA championship. As a junior, he went 6-1 with a 1.14 ERA and batted .515.
Courtney pitched four innings, allowing four hits, two walks, one run and struck out six. He went 2-for-2 with an RBI and intentional walk. Brendan McKnight pitched the final three innings and allowed two hits, one walk no runs and struck out two.
"He’s our best hitter and he’s a great pitcher," said Vincent Iacono, who had a two-run single in the second. "I hope he is back soon. He means a lot. He started as sophomore and helped the team to a championship."
Said SJB coach John Habyan: "I knew he slid hard and his shoulder hit the base. We’re not going to rush him back."
St. Anthony's coach Jon LaRochester is well aware of what Courtney can do, which is why he issued the intentional walk with runners at first and third and two outs in the second.
"Kevin does everything right," LaRochester said. "Last series of the season last year I think he finished 12-for-14 against us, so we have to be careful."
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