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Schocking finish as Schaumburg wins again

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  • Schaumburg pitcher Brendan Beck delivers to the plate during Wednesday's game against Conant.

       Schaumburg pitcher Brendan Beck delivers to the plate during Wednesday's game against Conant.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Conant pitcher Luke Downey delivers a pitch during Wednesday's game at Schaumburg.

       Conant pitcher Luke Downey delivers a pitch during Wednesday's game at Schaumburg.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Schaumburg's Bradley Schwind gets tagged out at the plate by Conant catcher J.T. Peacock during the first inning of Wednesday's game.

       Schaumburg's Bradley Schwind gets tagged out at the plate by Conant catcher J.T. Peacock during the first inning of Wednesday's game.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Schaumburg catcher Connor Quinn can't quite grab a foul pop off the bat of a Conant hitter during Wednesday's game.

       Schaumburg catcher Connor Quinn can't quite grab a foul pop off the bat of a Conant hitter during Wednesday's game.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Schaumburg's Joe Franz hustles to make a throw after picking up a slow roller, just missing the Conant runner at first.

       Schaumburg's Joe Franz hustles to make a throw after picking up a slow roller, just missing the Conant runner at first.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Conant's Zach Gale celebrates after scoring for his team during the fourth inning of Wednesday's game at Schaumburg.

       Conant's Zach Gale celebrates after scoring for his team during the fourth inning of Wednesday's game at Schaumburg.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Schaumburg's Michael Fan, left, and Ryan Woloszyk celebrate after they scored to tie the game 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning against Conant on Wednesday.

       Schaumburg's Michael Fan, left, and Ryan Woloszyk celebrate after they scored to tie the game 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning against Conant on Wednesday.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Schaumburg baseball coach Cal Seely.

       Schaumburg baseball coach Cal Seely.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Conant baseball coach Derek Fivelson.

       Conant baseball coach Derek Fivelson.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 

Schaumburg's Ryan Schocker jolted Conant on Thursday.

Schocker lined a two-out single to right driving home Michael Fan to lift the Saxons to a 5-4 baseball victory in Schaumburg.

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"I just wasn't going to give up," said Schocker, who was behind in the count early and worked it to 3-2 before delivering the winning hit. "I did what had to get done. I worked the count and then I had to get the right pitch. It was a 3-2 fastball and I just went with the pitch."

Fan was down 0-2 in the count with two outs but was able to coax a walk. He then advanced to second on a passed ball and scored easily on Schocker's rip to right.

The victory kept the Saxons (10-1, 5-0) atop the Mid-Suburban West and made a winner out of starter Brendan Beck, who improved to 4-0.

"I had to battle through it out there today," said Beck, who struck out seven but allowed 9 hits. "The cold kind of got to me in the later innings. 'Shock' came up with big game winning hit to get us the W."

Beck and Schaumburg appeared to have the game won 4-2 in the top of the seventh.

With two outs and runners on the corners, Conant's Anthony Forte popped out. But the home plate umpired called catcher's interference on the play, scoring Jimmy Brady to make it 4-3.

With runners on first and second, J.T. Peacock drilled a shot to right center. Brady Pelesh, who had walked earlier, scored easily from second. Forte tried to score from first, but Schaumburg second baseman Alex Kiszkowski fired a perfect relay throw to catcher Connor Quinn to cut down Forte.

Schaumburg coach Cal Seely loved the wild finish.

"I have never seen anything like that," Seely said. "When things get tough, we get tougher. And we live and die by that. They have grit."

Conant (5-12, 0-5) which lost 3-2 Tuesday to Fremd despite pitching a no hitter, continued a string of bad luck, losing their fifth in a row.

"We find ways ourselves to let teams beat us," Conant coach Derek Fivelson said. "We fight for every run and we will continue to do that. I know we are better."

Conant used a Schaumburg error and wild pitch to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth.

Zach Gale, who was on first and moving on the pitch, scored on a hard single by Gino Corona and an error on the play. Corona, who was bunted to third by Matt Fauth, then scored on a wild pitch.

Schaumburg tied the game in its half of the inning. The Saxons loaded the bases on singles by Ryan Woloszyk and Fan and a hit batter by Jack Holden. Christian Spitellinthen ripped a single through short to drive in 2 runs.

The Saxons came up with another 2-run inning in the sixth.

Schocker and Holden bptj singled to put runners on first and third. Schocker then scored on a wild pitch and Holden was able to score on Quinn's RBI single to make it 4-2.

"Our guys hung tough," Seely said. "We made that relay throw and then got the big hit. We have had some timely hitting and taking advantage of some mistakes."

Prospect 4, Buffalo Grove 3: Trey Compton helped Prospect swipe a victory against Buffalo Grove by stealing home with the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning.

That made a winner of Jordan Fedro, who tossed a complete game 4-hitter with an astounding 15 strikeouts and no walks.

Pat Donohue and Grant Gerdes both singled in Prospect's 2-run first inning. Donohue finished with a pair of hits for the Knights (10-5-1, 3-2).

Sean Edgar went 2-for-3 with a double to lead Buffalo Grove (4-10) at the plate.

Hoffman Estates 6, Barrington 2: Ethan Bloom kept Barrington's bats under control, allowing 6 singles in a complete game triumph for the Hawks.

Keegan Mugerditchian went 3-for-4 with a double and drove in 3 runs, and Trevor Pye had 3 hits, including a pair of doubles to lead Hoffman Estates (6-7-1) at the plate.

Jake Coon had a pair of hits for host Barrington (14-6).

Hersey 5, Rolling Meadows 1: Luke LaSalvia tossed a complete-game 6-hitter with 6 strikeouts to help the visiting Huskies pick up an MSL East victory.

Joe Silva went 3-for-3 for the Huskies (5-9-1) while Jack Warner doubled and had 2 hits and CJ Reichel had 2 hits.

Erik Schurtz finished 2-for-3 and drove in the run for Rolling Meadows (7-6, 3-2).

Palatine 4, Fremd 0: Nolan Gavin tossed a 1-hitter with 11 strikeouts to help the host Pirates in MSL West play.

Chris Macahon, Matt Saltess and Andrew Bohlmann had 2 hits apiece as Palatine had 10 hits and committed 1 error.

Of the 105 pitches thrown by Gavin, 67 were strikes.

Elk Grove 10, Wheeling 0 (5 inn.): Josh Bergbreiter led a big output from the visiting Grens, finished 4-for-4 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored as Elk Grove banged out 12 hits in 5 innings.

Peter Arbov (3 innings) and Alex Hudgin (2) combined on a 2-hitter for Elk Grove (11-4).

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