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Saturday, May 27, 2017 9:00 pm

Dwenger, Concordia to meet in baseball sectional final

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

NEW HAVEN — It will be an all-SAC baseball showdown in the championship game of the Class 3A New Haven Sectional.

Bishop Dwenger beat Leo 3-1 on Saturday in one semifinal at Bischoff Field, and Concordia followed with a 3-0 triumph over New Haven, setting up the Cadets and Saints for a postseason meeting of conference foes on Memorial Day.

"Fun to play them again," Concordia coach Matt Urban said. "It should be a good game. Probably what it's going to come down to is who is more fundamentally strong, who can field the bunt, who can make the basic plays and not the extraordinary plays."

That description certainly applied to Saturday's action, which was heavily slanted toward pitching, and no one outdid Treyvin Moss, who threw a complete game for the Cadets and gave up only three hits.

The junior right-hander's fastball, curveball and changeup forced the Bulldogs to make weak contact time and again. When Moss issued a leadoff walk to Sean Ferguson in the bottom of the seventh, he quickly induced a 4-6-3 double play from Bryce Minich. Two batters later, Tim Jordan grounded into a 6-4 force for the final out, and all of the Cadets rushed to congratulate Moss.

"He was effective with everything," Urban said. "Working ahead on most of the hitters. We had a great defense behind him. We didn't commit any errors; that was a big plus. When he's on like that (keeping) their guys off balance, there's not much you can do because he's probably one of the best pitchers around this area."

Counterpart Zach Vachon also tossed a complete game but gave up RBI doubles to Andrew Bordner, in the third, and Matthew Miller, in the sixth. A run-scoring throwing error by New Haven catcher Angel DiFederico had made it 1-0 in the third.

"Some games you lose," Bulldogs coach Dave Bischoff said. "I don't really feel we lost. I think we got beat by a team that played a little better than we did. It's tough for these kids."

The way Leo's season ended was also a tough pill to swallow, as all of Bishop Dwenger's offense came in the third inning. The top three hitters in the order (Grant Richardson, Eric Doyle and Will Staudinger) all reached base and scored before an out was recorded as junior Edward Morris completed the three-run uprising with a double.

The Lions outhit the Saints 6-4 but could only muster that lone run, scored by Max Minich. He doubled leading off the fourth and came around with two outs when Tyler Parker and Christian Brubaker hit back-to-back singles.

Tyler Woods pitched four innings for Bishop Dwenger. Greg Fenker worked the fifth and sixth, and Richardson closed it out in the seventh.

"Our pitchers did an outstanding job keeping the ball down," said Saints coach Jason Garrett, who praised Leo coach Dave Boyce for directing "a great team, a great program."

Although the host school won't be part of Monday's SAC drama, Bischoff said he will fondly remember how these Bulldogs replaced six seniors.

"We came in this season with a lot of holes to fill," New Haven's coach said. "We filled them in. We finished 5-2 in our conference (Northeast Eight). We finished 17-9 overall. I think we had a good season: 17-9, that's a good season."