COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – A pitchers’ duel by 8 innings, a remarkable comeback in the ninth and a bases loaded walkoff all led to 2021 season coming to a shut in the Collegeville Regional. The Panthers fell 4-3 to major-seeded St. Thomas and have been eliminated from the regional tournament.
Down to the last strike and trailing 3-, the Panthers clawed their way back with the enable of a pair of ninth inning glitches from St. Thomas. With runners on initial and next with two outs, sophomore Davis Mieliwocki’s chopper back to the mound was overthrown at initial to deliver residence Chapman’s initial operate.
Senior Kyle Joye adopted with a chopper to initial but the throw was once again wild and two operates arrived in to tie the match at 3-3.The full rally occurred with two outs as back-to-back singles from junior Cooper Foard and Connor Montgomery retained the Panthers’ season alive.
In the base 50 % of the inning, the Tommies introduced in the profitable operate with out at any time leaving the infield. Freshman Brandon Menzel struck out two batters with a stroll sandwiched in the middle. A knicked by pitch set two on with two out. The Panthers then returned the favor to St. Thomas with an error to extend the inning and load the bases. With two strikes, Jake Porter then despatched a tricky strike grounder toward remaining industry. It was gloved but Porter raced down the line as the runner at third sprinted residence to rating the profitable operate.
Sophomore Wyatt Thompson threw 126 pitches for 8-furthermore innings to hold the Panthers in the match. He struck out twelve and took a no-hitter into the fifth. The Tommies managed seven hits in the late innings versus Thompson and the match-winner versus Menzel but the Chapman pitchers did not let a additional base strike.
The Tommies strung with each other 3 singles in the fifth to crack the scoreless tie and set up solitary operates in the seventh and eighth. Right after a very hot start out to the regional, Tommies’ starter Kolby Gartner cooled off the Chapman bats, placing out 9 in the entire match exertion.
Chapman’s most effective likelihood to get on the board arrived in the fifth when Mieliwocki walked and Joye adopted with a double to set two runners in scoring situation with a person out. Gartner obtained a strikeout and groundout to end the risk. Chapman managed just six hits with senior Henry Zeisler just lacking a match-tying residence operate in the sixth – in its place lacing a double off the fence in remaining industry.
The Panthers ended their abbreviated season with a fifteen-6 report.
By Steven Olveda
Sports Facts Director
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