Thursday, May 25, 2017 11:20 pm
Cadets, Saints open up sectional with wins
JOSH PATTERSON | For The Journal Gazette
NEW HAVEN – Drew Bordner wouldn’t be denied the chance to keep playing. Making just his second pitching appearance of the season, the Concordia senior picked up the win in relief and added an RBI triple in a 5-4 victory over Bishop Luers in the Class 3A New Haven Sectional.
“I wanted to do everything I could to make sure it wasn’t my last game,” said Bordner, also a key player on the 3A state championship football team.
Concordia jumped up 2-0 in the top of the first. But Luers struck back for a run in the second, then two more in the third to go up 3-2. A fourth-inning run extended the Knight lead to 4-2, giving Concordia coach Matt Urban some moments of trepidation.
“Not really nervous moments, I just knew we were running out of outs,” Urban said.
Those moments wouldn’t last long. Concordia would score twice in the fifth, the second coming on a Bordner triple, to tie the game back up at 4.
Jason Schneider led off the top of the seventh with a double, advancing to third on a fielder’s choice and forcing a Luers pitching change. But new pitcher Evan Creager’s first offering sailed behind the back of Jaden Parnin, and pinch runner Nicholas Louis scampered home with what proved the winning run.
“Getting that run really helped calm me down on the mound,” Bordner said.
Dealing with a combination of injuries and suspensions, Urban found himself somewhat limited in available pitchers. Then again, as he explained, there wasn’t really a question as to who would step in were a reliever needed.
“He came in and said ‘I want the ball’,” Urban said. “He demanded it. When a captain comes out and says he wants to take care of it, I’m going to let him have it.”
Schneider took advantage of his opportunity as well. Despite going just 2-for-16 at the plate this season, the junior reached base twice and was responsible for two Cadet runs.
“You just have to take your chance and do what you do. We practice all year for this situation. When you get it, you have to grab a hold of it,” Schneider said.
Like Bordner, it wasn’t just heroics at the plate for Schneider.
“He came up big (batting), and then made some big plays in the outfield too,” Urban said. “Our outfield, that’s where we’ve struggled a bit, but today they were on top of things.”
No. 10 Bishop Dwenger opened the sectional with a 12-5 victory over Garrett.
Dwenger (21-4) took control in the fifth. Sending 13 batters to the plate, the Saints plated six runs to take an 8-3 lead. After a single Railroader run, Grant Richardson home run paced a four-run sixth to extend the Dwenger lead to 12-4.
Garrett finished with 15 hits, as Cole Kelham and Jacob Sheperd tallied three apiece. Tyler Caldwell doubled twice for the Railroaders.