Four runs in the bottom of the first inning was all the offense Bradford pitcher Jarrett Ramer needed Friday afternoon.
Ramer worked six innings, and allowed six hits, two earned runs, four walks and struck out six in the Red Devils’ 4-2 Southeast Conference win over visiting Indian Trail.
The win improved Bradford to 16-6 and 15-3, while Indian Trail fell to 10-12 and 7-11.
“Jarrett Ramer didn’t have his best stuff today, but he was good enough to make quality pitches against Indian Trail and hold their offense in check,” Bradford coach Matt LaBuda said.
Nathan Schnabel allowed one hit, one walk and struck out one in the seventh inning to earn the save.
Spencer Lehman led the Red Devils’ offense with two hits, a run scored and an RBI. Also driving in runs were Jack Seefeldt and Riley Hughes.
Ian Choi had two hits for Indian Trail, while Michael Miceli had two hits and a run scored. Max Bruff and Austin Card both added a hit and an RBI.
Noah Reeves took the loss, as he allowed four hits, four earned runs and two walks in four innings. Scotty Starovich allowed two hits and struck out one in two innings of relief.
Indian Trail stranded 10 runners on base.
“Despite giving up four early runs, I was proud that we continued to battle and made a game of it,” Indian Trail coach Mike Schmidt said. “We had plenty of opportunities to tie or take the lead, but we just couldn’t get that clutch hit tonight.”
Oak Creek 8,
The host Trojans had just two hits and committed five errors in the SEC loss.
Collecting hits were Joe Ricchio and Jared Heinzen, while Reese Dutton drove in Austin LaBreche with the Trojans’ lone run in the bottom of the third inning.
Oak Creek built a 4-1 lead, and then added a single tally in the fourth and three more in the fifth to close out the scoring.
Reese Dutton took the loss for Tremper (14-7, 12-6), as he allowed seven hits, one earned run, four walks and struck out seven. Seven of the runs charged to Dutton were unearned.
“We were hoping to win this series and came up short, so we’ll target some areas for growth and get back at it next week,” Tremper coach John Matera said. “We have a resilient group of guys, so we’ll keep improving.”
St. Joseph 3, Racine Lutheran 0
Tim Berry drove in all three of the Lancers’ runs to move St. Joseph into a tie with Greendale Martin Luther atop the Metro Classic Conference standings.
St. Joseph improved to 13-5 and 9-2 heading into a showdown today at 10 a.m. at Martin Luther with sole possession of first place at stake.
“Tonight was a big game for us, and the players met the challenge,” St. Joseph coach Joe Gricar said. “We played sound defense today with some outstanding plays, including four double plays.”
Jake Gessert earned the complete-game shutout win for the Lancers.
St. Joseph 3, Shoreland Lutheran 2
The Lancers scored all three of their goals in the first half, and then held off a later Pacers’ charge in the second to pick up the hard-fought MCC win at Carthage.
St. Joseph improved to 12-3 and 7-0 in conference play, while Shoreland fell to 8-7-1 and 3-3-1.
Scoring in the first half for St. Joseph were Marti Harrington off a corner kick by Elizabeth Alia, Elizabeth Russert off an assist by Savannah Reed and Maggie Del Fava with a header off another corner kick from Alia.
“We moved the ball well in the first half and did a great job creating quality chances,” St. Joseph coach Gino Alia said. “In the second half, we had difficult connecting and gave the ball up too easily.”
Shoreland cut the deficit to 3-1 at halftime on a goal by Lauren Heathcock and closed out the scoring in the 89th minute on a goal by Abby Krause.
“It was a hard-fought match that came down to the wire,” Shoreland coach Matt Grow said. “It was a typical St. Joe’s (versus) Shoreland match.”
St. Joseph goalie Ellie Mandli had 13 saves, while Shoreland’s Kayla Pagel finished with 24.
Indian Trail 6, Tremper 5
The visiting Hawks rallied late and held off the Trojans to close the regular season at 16-7 overall and 8-6 in the SEC.
Tremper fell to 14-7 and 9-3.
“We are playing our best ball of the year, and we have stressed the entire second half (to) just play well and the wins will happen,” Indian Trail coach Matt Bradley said. “(It’s a) great way to end the regular season.”
Bradley cited his team’s timely hitting and strong outfield play by Zoe Connell, Skylar Schmidt and Natalie Lother, who stole a sure game-tying double in the seventh inning.
Indian Trail starting pitcher Anna Vignali earned the complete-game win.
“Anna was really strong for us tonight,” Bradley said. “I’m just happy for the kids. They set out to have a winning record in conference, and they got it.”
Individual statistics were unavailable.
Tremper’s Cameron Huss shot an 80 to tie for second Thursday at the Meadowbrook Country Club.
Franklin’s John Mirsberger earned medalist honors, followed by Huss and Franklin’s Nolan Ruffing.
Indian Trail’s Dylan Moore was fourth with an 81, while his teammate, Tyler Fisel, was sixth with an 85. Tremper’s Tyler Dahl was seventh with an 86.
Finishing behind Huss and Dahl for the Trojans were Steven Spizzirri with a 92, Finley Johnson with a 106 and Dylan Buss with a 110.
Indian Trail’s Max Winslow shot a 91, followed by Alex Martin and Logan Dempsey with a 96. Bradford’s two entries, John Mauser and Alex Ruffolo, shot rounds of 98 and 100, respectively.
Franklin won the team title with a 327, followed by Racine Horlick with a 347, Indian Trail with a 353 and Tremper with a 364.
Huss, Dahl, Moore, Winslow and Fisel all earned All-SEC first-team honors. Spizzirri, Johnson, Dempsey and Martin were named to the second team.
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