Sinclair won three games in two days in Vincennes, Indiana to take the Sub-Regional crown.
Sinclair took on the host team Vincennes in the first game of the tournament. Both teams battled back and forth and after Sinclair’s closer Travis Rowland struck out the side in the top of the 9th, the stage was set for the Tartans to win it. The Sinclair bats would load the bases up with nobody out but fail to score, sending the game into extra innings. The Blazer bats scored three runs in the top of the 10th, putting them three outs away from a victory. With two outs and a man on 1st, the Tartan offense started the comeback. Back-to-back singles from Nick Massey and Tyler Cowles brought up Chad Roberts, who represented the games winning run. Roberts hit a flyball to leftfield that was dropped by the leftfielder, scoring Massey and bringing up Ben Myers. Down to his final strike, Myers delivered, hitting a three-run walk-off homerun to rightfield, lifting the Pride to the win.
Final Score: #8 Sinclair 9 Vincennes 7
WP: Travis Rowland (3-1) 3IP 3H 3R 2ER 5K’s 2BB’s
Offensive Leaders: Nick Massey 2-5 2RS 2B BB, Tyler Cowles 2-6 2RS HR (10) RBI, Ben Myers 2-5 RS 2B HR (3) 3RBI’s BB.
After Lakeland knocked off Owens earlier in the day, Sinclair would play the Lakers in the winner’s bracket final Friday night. The Lakers scored first, scoring two in the top of the 1st inning to get the early lead. Ben Myers continued his hot streak in the bottom half of the inning, with a two out base hit to left, scoring Tyler Cowles. Sinclair still trailed 2-1 as they entered the bottom half of the 3rd, but that didn’t last for long. A two out single from Connor Cleary and a walk by Zeth Tanner brought up Nick Massey, who launched his 5th homerun of the season. Lakeland responded with three runs of their own in the next inning to take another lead, but that too would not last. The bottom of 4th started with a Chad Roberts solo homerun to tie the game, and ended with a hit from Connor Cleary that scored two more runs giving Sinclair a 7-5 lead. Freshmen left-handed pitcher Ryan Falls entered the game in the 5th inning and pitched really well. Falls allowed four runs during the next five innings but half of them were unearned, as the Lakers took advantage of a few defensive miscues. Lakeland would come back to pull within one (10-9) in the 7th inning, but once again, the Pride had the answer. Singles from Brody Basilone, Tanner, and Massey set things up for Tyler Cowles, who hit a Grand Slam to left on a full count with two outs. Falls finished off the Lakers in the 9th, sending Sinclair onto the title game.
Final Score: #8 Sinclair 15 Lakeland 9
WP: Ryan Falls (3-0) 5IP 4R 2ER 7K’s 3BB’s
Offensive Leaders: Nick Massey 2-5 2RS HR (5) 3RBI’s, Tyler Cowles 3-4 3RS GS (11) 5 RBI’s, Ben Myers 2-4 RS 2RBI’s BB SB, Brody Basilone 2-4 RS 2B 2RBI’s, Connor Cleary 2-5 RS RBI, Zeth Tanner 2-3 3RS 3B BB.
The championship game would be a rematch of game one and sophomore pitcher Jake Mason would not disappoint. Mason was dominant as he flooded the zone with strikes, allowing only one run in eight innings pitched. The Pride offense struggled to get anything going and left a lot of runners on base heading into the bottom of the 7th trailing 1-0. Once again it was the combination of Nick Massey and Tyler Cowles getting things started with hits and then Chad Roberts did what Chad Roberts does, hitting his 13th homerun of the season, giving Sinclair the 3-1 lead. Sinclair added one more in that inning and three more in the 8th to extend their lead to 7-1. Freshmen Reed Norris relieved Jake Mason in the 9th and pitched a 1-2-3 inning to secure the championship. Every hitter in the Sinclair lineup recorded a hit.
Final Score: #8 Sinclair 7 Vincennes 1
WP: Jake Mason (8-0) 8IP 7H ER 6K’s 2BB’s
Offensive Leaders: Chad Roberts 2-4 2RS HR (13) 4 RBI’s BB, Ben Myers 2-4 2RS, Hunter Losekamp 2-3.
Sinclair (46-10) will now play in the Region 12 Tournament next Wednesday against Jackson College at 4pm in Battle Creek, Michigan.