Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hawks Claim Sectional Title With Impressive Offensive Display

Andrew Skinner 1
Skinner went 9-for-12 with 10 RBIs in three games. (Jim Cummins)
JOLIET, Ill. – The Harper baseball team rolled through the Region IV Sectionals in Joliet this past weekend, amassing 47 runs in three games en route to a sectional title. The Hawks used an 11-run first inning to defeat Rock Valley College 17-9 in the championship game Sunday and complete a perfect 3-0 record in the sectional.

Harper (19-20) will move on to face top-seeded Waubonsee Community College in the Region IV Regionals beginning at 2:00 PM on Friday, May 17. The winner of the best-of-three series earns a berth to the NJCAA Division III Baseball World Series held in Tyler, Texas.

The Hawks totaled 19 hits on Sunday on their way to victory. Andrew Skinner (Lyons, Ill., St. Joseph) was an impressive 4-for-7 with five RBIs in the weekend’s first two games, but he improved upon that in the title game with an incredible performance. The right fielder went 5-for-5 with a double, two triples, five RBIs and two runs scored.

Harper made two quick outs in the bottom of the first inning, but they recorded 11 runs on 10 hits after two outs to take an early 11-0 lead. The Golden Eagles cut the deficit to 11-9, aided by a six-run fifth inning and two-run sixth inning, but the Hawks put the game away with two runs in the seventh and four more in the eighth inning. Chris Bobo pitched six innings for the win, while Steven Yfantis (Prospect Heights, Ill., Wheeling) pitched three scoreless innings and picked up the save.

On Saturday, the Hawks defeated Joliet Junior College 15-5 and Rock Valley 15-5 to set up the championship game with Rock Valley.

Despite going 0-3 against JJC in the regular season, Harper put on an impressive showing and needed only five innings for the victory. Leadoff man Theo Yfantis (Prospect Heights, Ill., Wheeling) went 3-for-3 with four runs and two RBIs for the Hawks, while Cory Kay (Arlington Heights, Ill., St. Viator) went 2-for-3 with three RBIs in the win. Bobo went 1-for-2 and connected on a two-run homer in the third inning to put Harper ahead 7-4. Lee Breitzman (Palatine, Ill., Fremd) picked up the win on the mound, giving up five runs and striking out six in five innings of work.

In the second game on Saturday afternoon, the Hawks pounded out 15 more hits and won 15-5 in six innings. Yfantis once again went 3-for-3, and third baseman Kurt Becker(Palatine, Ill., Palatine) went 3-for-3 with four RBIs for Harper. Skinner went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and was one of six Hawks hitters who recorded multiple-RBI games. Mike Sampson (Mount Prospect, Ill., Prospect) allowed four earned runs in six innings to earn the victory. 

No comments:

Post a Comment