Marist would go on to carry Benedictine scoreless via seven innings and would safe the first-game victory to finish Benedictine’s 16-game win streak. Beginning pitcher junior Preston Larmore went six innings with two strikeouts for the Warfare Eagles whereas permitting simply 4 hits.
Within the second sport of the collection, Benedictine was first to place factors on the board after junior Kam Edge scored on a wild pitch to go up 1-0. Within the backside of the second, Marist would tie the sport off an RBI single from Hare. The sport went scoreless via 4 innings, as Benedictine took to the plate within the prime of the seventh to try to power a sport three.
After failing to plate a run, the Cadets took the sphere because the Warfare Eagles stepped as much as the plate to try to safe the finals victory. A single from Rollauer put runners on the corners for Marist, and after Benedictine deliberately walked Hare, Gray Taylor got here as much as bat with bases loaded, two outs and the state title on the road. Taylor delivered, sending a line drive over the quick stops head and into the outfield for the walk-off win.
“He seemed actually snug,” stated Strickland. “He noticed it very well. He’s been in this system for 4 years, has a terrific sense of respect for the usual of our program and what we decide to day in and day trip. For it to be him in that second, and for him to have that a lot consolation, it was unimaginable.”
Whereas the victory got here in dramatic style, there was by no means any doubt in Strickland’s thoughts that his workforce was ready for the massive moments required to take dwelling the title.
“Our guys are keen to be pushed laborious and coached laborious. You return and try our schedule, Parkview, Starr’s Mill, Loganville. They’re all on our schedule. Our guys had been lucky to be examined early and all year long. When it got here to these moments of whether or not or not you thought you would, you knew you would.”
The victory offers Marist its 14th baseball state title in program historical past, and second in Class 4A over 4 seasons. Marist beginning pitcher Ryan McTighe ended sport two with three strikeouts and allowed simply two hits via six innings. Benedictine’s Carter Holton completed with twelve strikeouts.