Beech Grove senior Cam Brown pitched a complete game, striking out eight hitters. However, the Bishop Chatard Trojans put up seven runs on nine hits as they defeated the Hornets 7-2 Saturday evening in the Class 3A Morristown Regional championship game.
The Hornets were searching for their first regional title since 1990 when they defeated Hamilton Southeastern, 3-2 at Sheridan. Coach Jake Wickliff’s squad finished 12-12 with its second consecutive sectional trophy.
What was odd about this BG-Chatard regional affair was that all seven runs by the Trojans came after the bases were empty and two outs.
Chatard drew first blood on the scoreboard in the third inning when senior first baseman Danny Sitzman singled to left field to drive in Chris Klug with the Trojans’ first run. Aiden Duncan followed with a two-run triple to left-center field and scored on a faulty relay throw to third for a commanding 4-0 lead.
The Hornets scored both of their runs in the home half of the third inning on an RBI fielder’s choice by senior Skylar Thacker that resulted in a Chatard error and a run-scoring single by Cam Brown to draw Beech Grove to within 4-2.
Unfortunately, that was as close as Beech Grove would get as the Trojans scored a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning.
Chatard senior starter was relieved by Sitzman in the fifth with Hornets on first and second and slammed the door shot. Junior Griffin Matracia, only one of four Hornet non-seniors, led off with a single in the sixth for the only hit off Stizman.
Brown allowed four walks and three earned runs (the first four runs were unearned).
Beech Grove graduates 12 seniors from this year’s squad.
The Trojans (18-10-1) advance to the Southridge Semistate against Tri-West at 11 a.m. Saturday.