Sharks take Eagles to limit, run out of gas late in finale

The No. 2-ranked St. James baseball team made a strong push to advance to the Class 4A state finals before running out of gas late in Wednesday’s second game of the Lower State championship doubleheader.

After winning the first game over No. 1 Chapin 3-2 to set up a winner-take-all showdown, the Sharks suffered a 6-1 defeat to the Eagles despite going toe-to-toe with their nemesis for five innings.

St. James catcher and slugger Trystan Freeman’s solo home run in the fourth tied the game at 1-all. The game remained deadlocked until the sixth, when the Eagles erupted for three runs. They added two more in the seventh to close out a hard-fought series with the Sharks.

In Game 1, Anthony Peck pitched a complete game to not only give the win and Sharks a shot a deciding Game 2, but also with a fresh bullpen. Leading 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh with two outs and runners on first and second, Peck induced a long fly ball to deep left field that was fielded cleanly by Cole Prosser to preserve the victory.

St. James ends the season at 27-6 with a Mingo Bay Classic title, a Region 7-4A crown, a District 7-4A championship, and a  Class 4A Lower State runner-up to its credit.

– Photo by Janet Morgan/myhorrynews.com

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