City Series baseball has pretty much been the express property of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School for most of the 21st Century, and the Cyclones added to that legacy Tuesday night with a doubleheader sweep of Southeast at Lincoln Land Community College’s Claude Kracik Field.
SHG (23-4 overall, 14-2 in the Central State Eight Conference and 6-0 in the City Series) used a 13-hit attack to win the opener 8-1, then survived a see-saw second game in a 13-5 victory.
The City Series title was the Cyclones’ 29th since 1968 and their 14th since 2002. SHG has won 81 of its last 92 City Series games.
“It’s huge,” said SHG senior shortstop Tommy Drake, who had two singles in the first game and a single and a double in the second game. “Last year we shared it (with Springfield High). Sharing it is never as fun as winning it outright.
“(We just) want to keep winning as a team. That is really big for us.”
The Cyclones had all kinds of chances in the first three innings of Game One against losing pitcher Makai Gant — SHG collected six hits and two walks but managed just one run in innings one, two and three — before exploding for four runs in the fourth.
With one out Gannon Handley walked and Noah Crowe drove him in with a triple to the gap in right-center. Michael Healey’s triple to almost the same spot plated Crowe, and after a groundout and a two walks, pinch-hitter Andrew Fiaush drove in two with a single to left field to make it 5-0.
A double by Elvers, a single by Handley and Crowe’s double-play grounder made it 6-0 in the fifth, and the Cyclones tacked on two runs in the seventh on Matt Keane’s RBI single and a Southeast infield error.
The Spartans scored their lone run in the seventh off Sean Dunbar when Anthony Clark doubled home Eddie Saner, who had been hit by a pitch.
“We had some good swings,” said Drake, who plans to attend the University of San Diego in the fall and is uncertain if he will continue to play baseball. “We’re all hitting the ball well right now.”
In the second game, the Cyclones took advantage of eight Southeast walks, two hit batsmen and four Spartans errors, but it wasn’t easy.
After SHG took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a walk, two errors, a Logan Tate double and Will Elvers’ sacrifice fly, the Spartans (9-14, 7-9, 2-4) went ahead 3-2 in the fourth thanks to some good work by the bottom of the batting order.
Cody Louveau was hit by a pitch leading off, and after a strikeout Brandon Belair and Matt Bloomberg singled to load the bases. Wyatt Sheppard then hit a groundball to third baseman Jake Shea, whose throw home was wild, scoring courtesy runner Mitch Crofton. Gant then hit a sacrifice fly to center, and Saner’s single between third and shortstop plated Bloomberg with the go-ahead run.
But SHG scored five times in its half of the fourth to regain the lead. Healey (four hits in the doubleheader) knocked in two runs with a double, and Handley drove in two more with a single to right.
Southeast got back to within 7-5 in the fifth — again and it was the bottom of the order that came through — on a Bloomberg triple and a wild pitch.
But the Cyclones took advantage of a worn-out Southeast pitching staff to score twice in the fifth — capitalizing on two walks, a hit batsman and two wild pitches — and added four more in the sixth on two walks, two Southeast errors and doubles by Healey and Drake.
Taken from Sj-r.com