Flyers rally for 5-4 win on senior night
St. Joseph Flyers’ coach Brent Wirzfeld learned whom he could turn to in a pinch.
With the game tied in the bottom of the seventh inning, pinch-hitter Trey Young singled home the winning run as the Flyers beat the Huntington St. Joseph Fighting Irish 5-4 on senior night last Thursday.
“That was a good win. Trey had a huge hit. It was a good clutch hit and to do it on senior night made it even more special,” said Wirzfeld.
The Flyers (13-7) trailed 4-3 going into the bottom of the seventh.
Cole Willis started the inning with a double and pinch-runner Shannon Litton went to third when Jacob Clark grounded out.
Eli Lewis walked and Grant Geswein got a clutch hit of his own with a game-tying RBI single.
Young was called upon and spanked the first pitch into left field for the walk-off game winner.
The Flyers took a 1-0 lead in the first when Hunter Pemberton doubled, moved up on Joseph Payton’s ground out and scored on a sacrifice fly by Justin Mahlmeister.
Clark walked and Lewis belted a two-run homer in the second inning and it was 3-0.
The Irish tied the game with three runs in the fifth and took the lead with a run in the sixth to set the stage for the Flyers’ dramatic comeback.
Mahlmeister got the win in relief. In 2.2 innings he struck out four, gave up one hit, one unearned run and did not walk a batter.
Hunt. St. Joe 000 031 0 = 4 9 3
St. Joseph 120 000 2 = 5 11 2
Michael Mayes and Anthony Rabel. Joseph Payton, Justin Mahlmeister (5) and Hunter Pemberton. W-Mahlmeister (IP-2.2, H-1, ER-0, K-4, BB-0). Payton IP-4.1, H-8, ER-3, K-3,BB-1. L-Mayes. 2B-HSJ: Michael Mays; St. Joseph: Hunter Pemberton 2. HR-HSJ: Stephen Jenkins; St. Joseph: Eli Lewis. Hitting-HSJ: Brian Conaty 1-2, Stephen Jenkins 2-4, Anthony Rabel 1-3, Paul Dransfeld 2-3, Torin Walters 1-3, Michael Mays 1-3, Benjamin Vanston 1-3; St. Joseph: Grant Geswein 1-3, Eli Lewis 2-3, Cole Willis 1-4, Alexander Ward 1-3, Jacob Clark 2-4, Hunter Pemberton 3-4, Trey Young 1-1.
Notre Dame 9, St. Joseph 1
PORTSMOUTH — Adam Cooper pitched a four-hitter as the Portsmouth Notre Dame Titans beat the St. Joseph Flyers 9-1 on Thursday.
Justin Mahlmeister struck out five, walked one and only three of the runs he allowed were earned.
The Flyers only run was unearned when Hunter Pemberton singled in the sixth, stole second and third and scored on a throwing error.
St. Joseph plays at Glouster Trimble on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the Division IV sectional tournament.
St. Joseph 000 001 0 = 1 4 4
Notre Dame 201 141 x = 9 11 2
Justin Mahlmeister and Hunter Pemberton. Adam Cooper and Michael Mader. W-Cooper (K-10, BB-1, ER-0). L-Mahlmeister (K-5, BB-1, ER-3). 2B-PND: Michael Mader, Adam Cooper, Will Haney. Hitting-St. Joseph: Justin Mahlmeister 1-3, Grant Geswein 1-2, Hunter Pemberton 1-3, Joseph Payton 1-3; PND: Jack Kayser 2-3, Jacob Milani 1-4, Michael Mader 1-4, Will Haney 2-4, Daniel Ogg 2-4, Adam Cooper 1-4, Hannah 1-3, Baker 1-2.