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St. Matthew’s back on top in Church League

PRINCETON — St. Matthew’s won the 2014 Princeton Fastpitch Church League Tournament Saturday with two wins over previously unbeaten Bunker Hill.

Top-seeded St. Matthew’s blanked two-seeded Bunker Hill 12-0 in the first game and 11-0 in the second game to win the double-elimination tournament for the first time since 2012.

After dropping its first game 5-3 to Methodist, St. Matthew’s won five straight to take the championship.

In the first game, St. Matthew’s scored once in the second inning, four times in the third inning highlighted by a homer by Dayton Ince, six more in the fourth and once in the fifth to evoke the 10-run rule after five innings.

Brad Snethen was the winning pitcher; Adam Gutshall was the losing pitcher. Heidi Nielsen came in to pitch the last two innings for Bunker Hill, after St. Matthew’s took a 6-0 lead.

The second game saw St. Matthew’s jump out with one run in each of the first and second innings. The third inning saw St. Matthew’s score five runs in the third despite Blake Whitson pulling up with a hamstring injury rounding third base.

In the bottom of the third, Bunker Hill’s Gutshall also pulled his hamstring running to first base where Whitson was playing despite his injury, since St. Matthew’s only had nine players.

St. Matthew’s scored four runs in the fourth inning off Nielsen highlighted by a two-run homer by Ince and a solo Eric Waca homer. Snethen was again the winning pitcher.

Dayton Ince went 3-3 with a homer in each game for St. Matthew’s, driving in six runs. Eric Waca had two hits in each game with a homer and seven RBI. Also for St. Matthew’s, John Moroski had three hits in the first game and Chris Waca had three hits in the second.

Church Bulletin: Brad Snethen was named as the BCR’s Gordie Shipp Tournament MVP. He went 4-1, allowing only 3.86 runs a game, including the two title game shutouts. ... The title was St. Matthew’s seventh dating back to 1980.

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