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St. John’s wins their second straight WCAC baseball championship

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Game 1, DeMatha wins 3-2

DeMatha was coming into game 1 of the series with a lot of momentum. They recently beat Gonzaga in the semifinals and the second game of the series the Stags came back from a 7-0 deficit to beat the Purple Eagles 14-10. DeMatha carried that momentum into game 1 of the WCAC Championship and beat St. John’s 3-2.

The Stags got on the board first in the second inning when junior infielder Joe Hall hits a 2-run double to give DeMatha 2-0 lead. And that all senior pitchers Jack Alkire needed. St. John hitters were having a hard time making contact with the baseball. Jack was striking out batter after batter, and making the Cadets frustrated. A groundout in the top of the third by Brad Thaxton drove in another run to give DeMatha a 3-0 lead.

The game was delayed at the top of the fifth when the lights went out. But before that Jack Alkire struck out eight batters. The game resumed and Jack still was doing well on the mound. In the bottom of the seventh, St. John’s scored two runs on Jack Alkire to cut the lead to 3-2. With two outs and a runner on second, Jack struck out Myles Mensah to close the game and give DeMatha a 1-0 lead in the series. Jack Alkire was the top performer of the game. Alkire pitched a complete game, and struck out 14 Cadets.

Game 2, St. John’s wins 12-2

Game 2 of the series was a do or die situation for St. John’s. The Cadets used poor pitching and careless errors by DeMatha to their advantage as they beat the Stags 12-2. The game got very ugly for DeMatha early. Pitcher Andy Rozylowicz gave up four runs in the first inning. The Cadets added three more runs in the second inning to give them a 7-0 lead. In the third inning, AJ Lee hits a RBI single to extend St. John’s lead to 8-0. Andy only pitched five innings and gave up eight runs.

DeMatha bats were silenced for most of the game due to great pitching by Lee. AJ pitched six strong innings. He gave up two runs on five base hits, and nine strikeouts. St. John’s catcher Brett Simon was solid at the plate. Simon went 2-3 and drove in 3 runs. Alex Taylor, AJ Lee, and Niko Jenkins each had 2 RBI’s. St. John’s win against DeMatha tied the series at 1-1.

Game 3, St. John’s wins 12-1

Game 3 of the series was the game that answered all questions coming into the series. Just like game 2, the Cadets use poor pitching and errors by DeMatha to beat them 12-1 and become the 2015 WCAC Champions. St. John’s jumped ahead early when they scored six runs in the first inning. The Cadets didn’t score any runs until the bottom of the 4th and where it got ugly. St. John’s scored six runs in the fourth inning which extended their lead to 12-0.

In the top of the fifth, DeMatha scored their only run of the game off of an error by shortstop AJ Lee. The game ended when DeMatha’s Joe Hall hit into a double play and the entire St. John’s team stormed the field in rejoices of their championship victory. Freshmen Jake Steinberg was the winning pitcher for the Cadets. Jake pitched five innings, and gave up no runs on two hits and three strikeouts. DeMatha senior pitcher Brad Thaxton was the losing pitcher. Brett Simon had one hit and 3 RBI’s. Senior outfielder Brian Tagoe record three base hits.

St. John’s win marks the second straight year they have won the WCAC Championship.

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