Baseball: Princeton 8, St. Bede 2
PERU — The Princeton Tigers found the St. Bede Bruins a little more giving in a match-up of TRAC East baseball rivals Thursday at the academy diamond.
The Tigers scored eight runs on seven hits, benefiting on four St. Bede errors on the way to an 8-2 victory behind senior ace Garrett Allen. The Bruins scored both of their runs in the first inning on a couple of Tiger errors.
“That’s kind of the way this game unfolded. We gave them a couple runs in the first inning,” PHS coach Wick Warren said. “The best thing we did, we kept battling. We didn’t roll over. we didn’t let it affect us. We kept working it. It’s that game you like to see. We keep growing.
“Last year we had 10 one-run games and lost eight of them. This kind of game a year ago, I’m not sure we would have won.This year, we have more maturity, and the kids realize they can battle through and they are.”
The capper for the day, as far as the Bruins were concerned, came on a proverbial “Little League” home run by Josh Reinhardt in the seventh inning. He hit a comebacker to Bruins pitcher Tyler Marcinkus, but his throw to first went in the dirt and sailed down the right field line. Cade Harrison scored from second and Reinhardt kept hustling, looking like the Atlanta Braves Freeze as he flashed the bases to easily score and give the Tigers a 7-2 lead.
“That looked like Bad News Bears, Little League baseball all together,” said Allen, the Tigers pitcher.
“Typified the entire day. I don’t think I’ve see a team do this,” SBA coach Bill Booker said. “We were just in a little more giving mood than they were today. It was brutal.”
An RBI hit by Conner Alter made it 8-2.
The Bruins (3-5, 2-3) scored both their runs in the first inning, helped by the pair of Tiger errors with Trevor Mooney following with an RBI hit to make it 2-0.
Allen was in control after that. The senior right-hander pitched out of a two-on, one-out jam by starting a 1-6-3 double play to end the sixth inning.
“I thought I was going to sail that, but threw a strike to Josh and he got it over there,” Allen said.
Allen pitched into the seventh, having to depart when he reached the 105-pitch allotment. He scattered six hits over 6.1 innings with five strikeouts
“I wanted a complete game, but you can’t always get what you want, I guess,” he said. “I’m happy how it went, but that’s not as good as I can pitch. I’m happy we got the win and had my guys backing me up.”
Princeton tied the game in the third inning when Reinhardt and Beck Robbins both slid across home plate head first on wild pitches.
The Tigers stole another run in the fourth to go up 3-2. Cade Harrison stole second and third and scored on the catcher’s wild throw to third.
PHS made it 5-2 with two runs in the sixth, including an RBI hit by freshman Owen Rossler.
The win improved the Tigers to 8-2 overall, 6-1 in TRAC East play heading into next week’s two-game set against league leader Hall, beginning with Monday’s game in Spring Valley.
“I’m ready for next week. It’s Hall week,” Allen said.
• Notes: Princeton scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning and cruised to a 9-3 victory over St. Bede Tuesday at Prather Field. The Tigers collected 12 hits on the day, led by Robbins (3-4), Christian Parry (2-3) and Conner Dickens (2-4). The Bruins had five hits with Matteo Sanchez going 3-4 and Marcinkus 2-3. ... Princeton also swept the F/S games, 11-1 and 17-2.