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UMC upsets top-seeded St. Matthew's in church league

Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 3:30 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 3:40 p.m. CST
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Princeton Bible Church’s catcher Chris Fields gets ready to field the ball while a Bureau Township runner slides into home plate during Saturday night’s game in the 2014 Princeton Church League fastpitch tournament.
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People Church’s pitcher Randy Shipp throws during the team’s 24-2 loss to St. Matthew’s.
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Princeton Bible Church’s pitcher Rob Jensen throws a pitch during Saturday’s 12-6 loss to Bureau Township.
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St. Matthew’s player Eric Waca hits a pitch during the team’s 24-2 win over People Church.

PRINCETON — Four teams remain alive in the 2014 Princeton Church League fastpitch softball tournament.

Top-seeded St. Matthew’s was upset 5-3 Friday night by United Methodist Church. UMC’s center fielder Dylan Olson made a game-saving catch by the scoreboard in Westside Park to preserve the two-run win for winning pitcher Rex Lasson. Brad Snethen was the losing pitcher for St. Matthew’s, who had won the league’s regular season with a 8-1 mark.

Bunker Hill defeated Bureau Township 10-7 Friday night behind winning pitcher Adam Gutshall. Jeremy House took the loss for Bureau Township.

Saturday night action in the losers’ bracket saw St. Matthew’s come back to defeat People Church 24-2 in a game called in the third inning. Chris Waca took the win for St. Matthew’s, while Randy Shipp took the loss for People Church, which ended its season.

Jeremy House helped his own cause in Saturday’s nightcap by getting on base five times and helping his Bureau Township team defeat Princeton Bible Church 12-6. House has been battling a cut on his index finger on his pitching hand.

Princeton Bible Church had battled back from deficits of 3-0 in the third inning, and 5-2 in the fourth inning to tie the game n the fifth inning on a Garey Driscoll three-run homer.

PBC took a 6-5 lead in the sixth inning only to see Bureau Township come back with seven runs in the bottom of the inning to account for the six-run win. PBC didn’t score in the last inning and saw its season come to a close.

Bureau Township will now play St. Matthew’s at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the losers’ bracket, while Methodist will play Bunker Hill at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the winners’ bracket.

Tuesday’s winner between Methodist and Bunker Hill will advance to Saturday’s championship game. The winner of Bureau Township-St. Matthew’s game will face the loser of the Methodist-Bunker Hill game at 7 p.m. Thursday with the winner going to the title game(s) on Saturday.

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