2018-05-11 / Sports

Cardinals walk off Barons

By George Kaupp


Cardinal Newman’s Gage Jeffcoat pitches in Game 1 against Wilson Hall. 
Photos by James Witherspoon Cardinal Newman’s Gage Jeffcoat pitches in Game 1 against Wilson Hall. Photos by James Witherspoon Tanner Garrison hit a game-tying three-run double and Gage Jeffcoat brought home courtesy runner Shane O’Connor one out later to lead the Cardinal Newman Cardinals to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the visiting Wilson Hall Barons in game one of the SCISA state semifinals Monday, May 7.

Wilson Hall took an early 1-0 lead when Daniel Reynolds reached on an error. He went to second on a wild pitch and scored later when Tanner Epps hit a hard ground ball that could not be corraled.

In the fourth, Wilson Hall’s Bryce Lyles was hit by a pitch, then Reynolds and Dabbs followed with singles. Lyles scored on the second hit, and Reynolds went to third. He then scored on a wild pitch to give the Barons a 3-0 lead.

The deficit remained three runs as the Cardinals came to bat in the seventh inning. With one out, Srulevich was hit by a pitch, and Quinn O’Connor walked. Geddings hit a blooper down the first-base line that landed fair in right field, loading the bases. Garrison then lined a 2-1 pitch into right-center, clearing the bases, and tying the score.


Cardinal Newman’s makes a catch Jake Rehling against Wilson Hall. Cardinal Newman’s makes a catch Jake Rehling against Wilson Hall. A ground out moved Shane O’Connor, who was running for Garrison, to third. Jeffcoat hit a soft liner off the end of the bat just over the outstretched glove of Corbin Bruce to drive in the winning run and give the Cardinals the victory.

Geddings was 2-for-3 and Jeffcoat 2-for-4 for Cardinal Newman. Jeffcoat struck out eight from the mound in five innings of work, and Patten struck out two Baron batters in two innings of relief.

Cardinal Newman went on to win Game 2 over Wilson Hall 8-2 to advance to the SCISA 3A State Championship series for the second year in a row.

Myles Hedgecock earned the win, pitching six innings, giving up six hits, and striking out eight batters.

Simon Penso led the way from the plate, going 2- for-4 with three RBIs. Jake Tanner went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

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