Breaking News Bar
updated: 5/22/2013 7:29 PM

Hampshire gets past Wheaton Academy

Success - Article sent! close
By Brian Schaumburg
Daily Herald Correspondent

Hampshire junior Michael Merchut and Whip-Purs' baseball coach John Sarna each said Wednesday that the hardest playoff game is the first one.

The Whip-Purs overcame a slow start by scoring four times in the fourth inning -- they didn't have a hit before the inning -- to defeat No. 5 seed Wheaton Academy, 4-1, in the Class 3A Burlington Central regional semifinals.

Order Reprint Print Article
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

"We were just a little tight, first-round jitters," Sarna said. "Once we settled down, I thought we had better approaches at the plate."

No. 1 seed Hampshire (16-16) will play either Burlington Central or Marengo in the regional title game at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The Whip-Purs had four baserunners in the first three innings, including reaching on 3 Warriors errors, but did not have a hit against Wheaton Academy starter Austin Ebeling (2-5). Tyler Crater led off the bottom of the fourth with a single to left. Brandon Wescher followed with a single to right. After a sacrifice bunt, Merchut singled up the first-base line to bring in Crater and Wescher for a 2-1 Hampshire lead. Brandon Bowen added a sacrifice popup to the second baseman just into the outfield grass and Piotr Barnas had a run-scoring single to give the Whip-Purs a 4-1 lead.

"I just slapped it past the first baseman and got two RBIs," Merchut said. "I was just trying to keep it to the right side."

The Warriors (7-20) got their run in the third inning. Sam Perna doubled to left to drive in Luke Kram, who led off with a single. Those were 2 of just 3 hits for Wheaton Academy. The Warriors committed 5 errors in the game.

"We're a pretty good team. We just have those innings where we make those mistakes," Warriors coach Brad Byrne said.

Hampshire starter Michael Dumoulin (5-2) went 6 innings, giving up 2 walks, hit a batter and struck out 4. Wescher got the final three outs to earn the save.

Ebeling suffered the loss. The junior allowed 7 hits and 4 runs. He did not walk a batter and struck out 2.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.