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Bartlett gets past Shah, St. Charles North

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  • Bartlett's Jake Barrutia leaps up from a safe slide into home plate and celebrates leaving St. Charles North's catcher Ryan Thomas behind in the fifth inning of the Class 4A regional game on Friday.

       Bartlett's Jake Barrutia leaps up from a safe slide into home plate and celebrates leaving St. Charles North's catcher Ryan Thomas behind in the fifth inning of the Class 4A regional game on Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Bartlett's Matt Vitulli scoops up the ball to throw to first as St. Charles North's Frankie Farry leaps to avoid a collision on the way to third base Friday.

       Bartlett's Matt Vitulli scoops up the ball to throw to first as St. Charles North's Frankie Farry leaps to avoid a collision on the way to third base Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Bartlett's Jake Barrutia slides into home plate safely behind St. Charles North catcher Ryan Thomas in the fifth inning Friday.

       Bartlett's Jake Barrutia slides into home plate safely behind St. Charles North catcher Ryan Thomas in the fifth inning Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Bartlett's Sam Franco tags out St. Charles North's Cory Wright at second base in the fourth inning Friday.

       Bartlett's Sam Franco tags out St. Charles North's Cory Wright at second base in the fourth inning Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles North's Carson Schmitt is up to bat in the fourth inning Friday.

       St. Charles North's Carson Schmitt is up to bat in the fourth inning Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Bartlett's Jake Barrutia slides into home plate safely behind St. Charles North catcher Ryan Thomas in the fifth inning Friday.

       Bartlett's Jake Barrutia slides into home plate safely behind St. Charles North catcher Ryan Thomas in the fifth inning Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles North's John LeGare is called out as the ball knicks his shoe in the fourth inning Friday.

       St. Charles North's John LeGare is called out as the ball knicks his shoe in the fourth inning Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles North pitcher Ankur Shah dives short of the ball Friday.

       St. Charles North pitcher Ankur Shah dives short of the ball Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
By Seth Hancock
Daily Herald Correspondent

St. Charles North pitcher Ankur Shah was dealing, but the Bartlett baseball team had good luck.

The No. 7 seed Hawks got just 3 hits off Shah but only needed a fifth-inning run to defeat the No. 10 seed North Stars 1-0 in the Class 4A Bartlett regional semifinal on Friday.

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The Hawks (15-14) will seek their second straight regional title when they take on No. 18 seed Hoffman Estates, which upset No. 2 Batavia Thursday, in the championship game Saturday at noon. The winner advances to next week's St. Charles East sectional.

Bartlett's bats rarely hit a hard ball on Friday, and the winning run started with a one-out bloop, infield single by Jake Barrutia. A passed ball and wild pitch on Shah's next two pitches sent Barrutia to third base, and Justin Blanchett finished a 9-pitch at-bat with a sacrifice fly to right field.

"We know we're going to face quality opponents in the postseason, and (Shah) was the epitome of that," said Bartlett coach Chris Pemberton. "Hats off to him. We were fortunate to get that run."

Pemberton had called on a 2-1 count for a suicide squeeze, but Blanchett's bunt went foul. On a 3-2 count, Blanchett fouled three straight pitches before hitting the sac fly.

"I was just trying to stay alive," Blanchett said. "I just knew I had to put the ball in play, and if I hit one to the outfield we were going to score."

The UIC-bound Shah (6-3) finished the game striking out 6 and not issuing a walk, and 54 of his 79 pitches were for strikes. Bartlett pitcher Colin Nowak (3-3) threw a 5-hit shutout with 5 strikeouts and 2 walks, and he threw 77 of his 120 pitches for strikes.

"Their kid was good, but I thought I outpitched him today," Shah said. "But they got a break, and that's baseball. That's what makes baseball such a great game."

The Hawks had just two baserunners reach scoring position all game, but the North Stars (19-18) had runners in scoring position in each of the first three innings. The North Stars got a two-out double by Ryan Thomas (2-for-3) in the top of the first, and a two-out single by John LeGare followed by an error and a walk loaded the bases in the second.

Thomas hit a one-out single in the third and advanced to second base on a Jack Dennis groundout, but Nowak was able to pitch out of each situation.

"I'm very proud of my guys," said North Stars' coach Todd Genke. "We had chances to win, but we were unable to get that big hit. It just wasn't meant to be."

Hawks' leadoff batter Mike Wick was 2-for-3 at the plate.

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