While suffering through a tough season, the T-Bird baseball team kept grinding waiting for things to turn in their direction. And it looks like it finally happened just when they needed it most. On Tuesday night, the boys finished off a 4-3 sectional tournament win over Delphos Jefferson, making it three wins in a row and giving them some momentum heading into their toughest test of the year, a sectional final game at the #2 ranked and defending state champion Coldwater Cavaliers. Tuesday’s win was a continuation of a game started on Saturday in which the Birds had to rally after losing a late lead. Ian Friesner threw 5 shutout innings before giving up the three tying runs and leaving with the bases loaded in the sixth. Bitler Rumer entered with the bases loaded and only one out, but retired all five guys he faced and went on to record the victory. The T-Birds played errorless baseball defensively, and clutch hits by Liam Stolly (2-3), Brad Stolly(2-3), and Ethan O’Connor (2-4) with two outs in the 7th regained the lead as pinch runner Alex Krumel crossed the plate. RBI singles by Liam Stolly in the first following a Jacob Judy triple, Thomas Williams in the second to score Bitler Rumer, and a sac fly by Anthony Venturella in the third to score Liam Stolly provided LCC’s other runs.
The turnaround began last Thursday when the T-Birds trailed NWC champion Crestview 6-2 but scored 11 unanswered runs to go up 13-6 entering the 7th inning. Things got dicey from there, but the boys hung on for 13-12 win. Two hits a piece for Vinny Pignataro, Jacob Judy, Ethan O’Connor, Anthony Venturella, and off the bench Joseph Eisele, who was also the winning pitcher in relief.
The following night against Wayne Trace a dominating performance by southpaw freshman starter Derek Jennings, who struck out 9 in a 5 inning 11-1 win, provided the Birds with their second straight win. The offense was paced by Jacob Judy and Tony Venturella with two hits each.
As mentioned earlier, the Birds travel to Coldwater on Thursday night for a mammoth test in the sectional final, but they are heading in with momentum and confidence as they look to keep this streak going. Good luck boys!!!!