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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, June 02, 2018 5:00 pm

Yorktown 12, Concordia 2

Concordia's season ends in baseball regional semifinals

MARK SCHUTTE | For The Journal Gazette

DECATUR – After Yorktown ended Concordia’s season with a 12-2 loss in five innings in a Class 3A baseball regional Saturday, the Cadets gathered to listen to each member of the coaching staff share post-game and post-season thoughts.

Before the players could scatter toward friends and family members, Concordia coach Matt Urban had his four seniors line up side-by-side so each underclassman and coach could share a few last words.

“It was two-fold,” Urban said a few minutes later. “One, you never know when your last game is going to be. The second thing is these guys have been here every day since they were freshmen, putting in the time and teaching (others) what it takes a lot to make it to this stage – one of the last 16 teams in the state.

“That’s kind of what we were going for and just to thank them for the time they put in and let these younger kids understand that your time is limited. It just is; you’re going to blink and you’re going to be a senior and it’ll be you.”

When the season began two months ago, just one of the seniors, Treyvin Moss, had played any significant time for a 2017 sectional championship team that was led by 11 seniors.

After an 0-4 start, the thought of the Cadets still standing as a sectional champion again seemed a fantasy.

After the rough start, Moss and fellow seniors Joel Miller, Jason Schneider and Trevor Echenoz, met with coaches and realized the 11 seniors from a year ago were not going to walk through the door any time.

“One of the biggest things was just coming together,” Moss said. “We didn’t have a lot of leadership coming into the first five games or whatever. We had a meeting and talked about leadership and how we needed to step up and be leaders. I feel like we did a good job throughout the season.”

Buoyed by newfound leadership, as well as the play of some promising underclassmen, including All-SAC freshman Tyler Grossman, the Cadets won 12 of their final 13 games, including a three-game gauntlet in the sectional against Leo, Bishop Dwenger and New Haven.

On Saturday, the Cadets found themselves back on the field at Bellmont for a second straight year. Also there for a second straight year was Yorktown, a team that took its turn with a senior-laden lineup, led by lefthander Sully Swingley, who held the Cadets to two runs in five innings and added three RBI.

Senior catcher Quin Fauquher put the Tigers (24-8) up 2-0 with a two-run double in the bottom of the second inning.

But the Cadets (19-10) tied the game in the top of the third when sophomore Jaren Kindig singled and scored on Moss’ double to left-center. Moss had moved to third on the throw home and then scored on sophomore Jaden Parnin’s sacrifice fly to center.

Disaster struck in the bottom half of the inning. Moss gave up a leadoff walk, but got two fly outs to left to seemingly settle in. The Tigers, though, ripped off four straight hits, including a bases-clearing double and triple to spark an eight-run inning. By the time the inning ended, 13 Yorktown players came to the plate and Moss gave way to Echenoz on the mound.

“One of the main things today, my fastball wasn’t there,” Moss said. “My offspeed was working pretty well, but I couldn’t find my fastball. It gets easy when they just sit back and hit the off-speed stuff.

“Obviously I felt I could have done more in this game and stepped up a little bit, but everything happens for a reason. They’re a really good team; props to them. They hit the piss out of the ball. They earned it for sure.”

The Tigers ended the game via the 10-run rule by adding two runs in the bottom of the fifth.

“Obviously we didn’t get the outcome we wanted,” Moss said. “But after starting off 0-4, nobody really thought we’d even be this far. Yeah, winning the sectional was good, but our main goal was to get past this and seeing what we could do in the future. We didn’t get what we wanted, but I’m really excited for these younger guys. I believe they’re going to step up and there are going to be good things in this program in the next couple years.”