The District 9-5A baseball race has tightened, and count Brother Martin in the mix.
The Crusaders rallied from a two-run deficit to win 6-4 at Shaw on Monday, making them one of three teams with a 3-2 district mark.
That, coupled with Rummel’s win against 9-5A leader Holy Cross (4-1) on Monday, has four teams now separated by no more than a game.
Brady Faust’s opposite-field, two-out single in the top of the seventh against Shaw starter Rene Brupbacher scored Michael Kirsch. Then designated hitter Scott Corrente scored when Blair Frederick was hit by a pitch from reliever Zach Autin.
“We talked about team at-bats,” Brother Martin coach Steve Wiesnewski said. “We just kept grinding, and (releiver Kevin Stretzinger) was big in the last inning.”
Stretzinger pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the inning to get the win.
Zach Autin had doubled with two out in the bottom of the fourth, scoring Josh Pantola and Dylan Black to give the Eagles a 4-2 lead.
However, the Crusaders tied the score by the sixth. Kirsh’s sacrifice fly in the fifth brought home Frederick. Then, in the sixth, back-to-back Shaw errors, the second on Stretzinger’s grounder to third scoring Joel Bergeron, tied the score.
Brother Martin tied the score at 2 in the top of the third inning. Alex Guidry scored from third on a force out at second, and Faust came home when the throw to first got away.
Shaw took a 2-0 lead in the first against Lance Malter.
Leadoff hitter Dylan Black beat out an infield hit, and catcher Matt Keller followed with a double. Black scored on Autin’s fly, and Keller came home on first baseman Keith Meier’s single to left.