Sacred Heart is given a warm welcome after the state appearance
October 4th – Sacred Heart received a warm welcome on Saturday evening after returning from the IESA Class 1A State Tournament in East Peoria.
Accompanied by a police car and a fire truck, the players from the Shamrocks baseball team sat in the back of two pick-up trucks as the community greeted them. They have just completed a 14-4 season so they have been treated like champions despite losing in the quarter-finals.
Sacred Heart lost 5-7 to Royal Praireview Ogden in a game that could have gone in favor of the Shamrocks.
Jude Traub from Sacred Heart, who led 2-0 after the top of the first 2-0, started the rally with a single in the middle.
Traub then moved up to second after a pass before Michael Wright took a step.
Traub showed his base running, then stole third base and then scored another pass that led to the 1-0. Wright also moved up to second place with the pass.
Then, a pitch later, Wright moved up to third on a wild pitch and later scored on the third pass of the inning.
The Shamrocks had cooked something early on, but nothing came of that dynamic.
It took four more innings for Sacred Heart to get another run across the plate, and during that stretch Royal Praireview Ogden took a pair to tie the game.
Parker Fitch scored a solo home run in the bottom third to reduce the deficit to one run. Then Lane McKinney hit an RBI single – in the bottom third of the fourth – that drew Vance McComas.
In one fell swoop, however, the Shamrocks ended Royal Prarieview Ogden’s entire swing. Or so they thought.
In the top of the fifth, Deagan led Mooney with a groundout to second base from the frame. Then William Hecht took a step, and Austin Borries hit left field with a single to put Traub in goal position with an out and a runner.
After fouling three straight pitches, Traub got the offer he wanted when he made a three-run home run over the midfield fence that gave Sacred Heart a 5-2 lead, but only for a brief moment.
The story goes on
In the lower half of the inning, Fitch started the Royal Prairieview Ogden Rally with a single. Coy Hayes then took a step before Kaden Wedig hit a ground ball on the second baseman. The Shamrocks infielder could not make the game, however, so one run scored a goal and it came to 5-3.
The same mistake allowed Hayes to finish third and Wedig second, with McComas due, and it wouldn’t be the last time a mistake cost Sacred Heart.
On the third pitch McComas saw, he hit a ground ball to first base. However, the first baseman could not handle the grounder either, which resulted in both runners crossing and connecting the game.
Errors constantly haunt the Shamrocks, ending with four errors in defeat. Royal Praireview Ogden also scored four runs for Sacred Heart errors.
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