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St. Matthew’s beats UMC; to play Bunker for title

Published: Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 1:21 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 1:58 p.m. CST
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St. Matthew’s player Chris Waca swings the bat during Thursday night’s game won by St. Matthew’s by a 9-8 final score. St. Matthew’s will now play Bunker Hill Saturday night for the championship.
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United Methodist Church’s third baseman Jerry Lanham uses the dugout roof to make a catch during Thursday night’s game won by St. Matthew’s. St. Matthew’s will now play Bunker Hill Saturday night for the championship.

PRINCETON — St. Matthew’s avenged its earlier tournament loss to United Methodist Church by defeating them 9-8 Thursday night. UMC had beaten St. Matthew’s 5-3 on Aug. 1.

St. Matthew’s scored first in Thursday’s game when Blake Whitson led off with a double and later scored on two sacrifice fly balls.

United Methodist scored four runs in the fourth inning on back-to-back doubles by Brandon Mall and Dylan Olson. Bret Lasson smashed a two-run triple, and he later scored on a fielder’s choice to give UMC a 4-1 lead.

St. Matthew’s came back in the fifth inning when Tim Forristall hit a two-run triple to make it 4-3. St. Matthew’s plated six runs in the sixth inning to take a 9-4 lead.

Methodist came back in the bottom of the sixth by scoring four runs after two outs to account for the final 9-8 score.

Brad Snethen was the winning pitcher for St. Matthew’s, while Rex Lasson took the loss.

With the win, St. Matthew’s advances to the championship game against Bunker Hill at 6 p.m. Saturday at Westside Park. If Bunker Hill wins the first game, the double-elimination tournament is finished. If St. Matthew’s wins the first game Saturday, the teams will play again for the title.

Methodist was the defending league champion, defeating St. Matthew’s a year ago.St. Matthew’s has won nine season titles outright with two shares since 1980. Bunker Hill won tournament titles from 2005-2011.

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