OTTAWA — Hall’s baseball squad traveled to Ottawa to face Ottawa-Marquette in regional play Thursday evening. The bats were quiet for the first three innings and unfortunately for the Red Devils when hits started coming in they were off the opposing bats.
The Crusaders opened with a 2-0 lead and ultimately won 8-1 on the strong performance from starting pitcher Evan Snyder. Hall only managed two hits against Snyder. Hall starting pitcher Brett Fanning had a good day as well only giving up two runs.
“Doesn’t matter with those guys, two strikes, two outs they’re (Marquette) up here hitting. That’s what they do,” Hall coach Tom Keegan said. “We were able to hang around a little bit there until the seventh inning. Unfortunately, it just snowballed on us. Balls were getting hit into the outfield and Snyder really did a number on us.”
In the fourth inning, the Crusaders’ Curtiss Johnson led off with a base hit and quickly moved to third during teammate Logan Sparks at-bat. Sparks eventually hit a single to score Johnson.
The Crusaders added another run in the sixth to go up 2-0 on an error. The game was within Hall’s grasp going into the seventh, down only two runs. That’s when the floodgates opened.
Patrick Killilea got things started with a base hit and Fanning was relieved by Danny Nolasco. Nolasco allowed five hits, two doubles, and five runs before he was relieved by Pete Mautino. Mautino gave up one more run and all of a sudden Hall was down 8-0 with only half an inning left to play.
Miguel Villareal walked to start the inning and eventually made it across the plate via base hits from Zach Urbanski and Mautino.