Season with a 10-0 victory to advance to the Regional Championship
game on Monday, Sept. 19 against Mt. Pulaski at 4:15 pm at WLB's
Miller Field. Mt. Pulaski defeated Springfield Calvary 11-1 in game
Sam Gleason took the loss on the mound for WLB pitching 2 1/3
innings giving up eight runs on eight hits and one walk. Lucas
Konczyk pitched the final 1-2/3 innings and gave up two runs on
three hits. Both Gleason and Konczyk pitched an outstanding game,
but the Bruin hitters were strong 1 through 9. Blessed Sacrament
scored two runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning on a throwing error
and a sacrifice fly on a great catch by center fielder Scotty Battin.
The Bruins tacked on six more runs in the third inning on six hits
and a walk. A 2-run double in the fourth inning put Blessed
Sacrament up 10-0.
WLB hit the ball pretty well, but many were right at the Bruin
defenders. Konczyk had a solid single up the middle in the top of
the first inning after Battin led off the game with a walk. Drew
Eimer belted a single to left-center but got stranded at third base.
Overall, the Wolverines played a very clean, fundamentally sound
game, but the Bruins of Blessed Sacrament, a 2A State Tournament
finalist in 2015, proved to be too much for WLB.
Head coach Jeff Nelson said of the game and the season, "I'm am so
proud of our guys and how well they played today. Although the score
might not be the result we wanted, our guys did a great job putting
the ball in play and making the plays defensively.
[to top of second column]
"I thought Sammy and Lucas pitched really well. They hit their spots
and moved the ball around the strike zone. Blessed Sacrament is just
an outstanding team, and they deserved to win. We finished at .500
on the year (5-5) but had six rainouts. I think our overall record
would have been much better had we gotten to play.
"Regardless, I thought our guys really showed tremendous
improvement from the beginning of the year to the end. Jr. High
baseball is such a short season; it's hard to get much done. But our
guys worked their tails off, and it showed in how much better they
got throughout the year.
"I will miss our three 8th graders in Lucas Konczyk, Patrick
McCraith, and Kaden Aragon. I've had Patrick and Lucas for four
years now, and they've been a huge part of this team since they were
5th graders. In Kaden's 1st year on the team, I couldn't ask
anything more from him. He showed up every day for practice and
worked his tail off as well and never once complained about playing
time or anything. He was a model teammate!!
"We'd like to wish good luck to both of the Bruin teams (Mount
Pulaski & Blessed Sacrament) as they play for the Regional
Championship on Monday. It should be a good one!"