Pitchers duel lives up to hype

Pitchers duel lives up to hype
April 5, 2013, 2:30 pm
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St. Francis defeated Amador Valley, 1-0, to win the Elite 8 Tournament. (Credit: Dan Harris)

Dan Harris

Seven hits combined, one run scored, seven innings in just one hour and 36 minutes. Yep, It was a good old fashioned pitchers duel in the Elite 8 Final Thursday night. The host St. Francis Lancers and Amador Valley Dons put on a defensive show as neither team had an extra base hit and the lone run was scored on an error in the first.

It was no surprise, though, as St. Francis and Amador saved their Aces for the final game. For the Lancers, Michael Strem entered the game with a sub-one ERA and fanned a career-high 10 in the complete game victory. Amador's Jake Dronkers did a spectacular job holding the Lancers of the board the majority of the game.

In the bottom of the first, the Lancers scored the only run of the game when Kort Peterson scored on a bobbled ball at short. But this one was really about the defense. Both teams put together some nice double plays, both catchers threw out runners on steal attempts, and both pitchers shut the door with runners in scoring position.

Still 1-0 in the top of the seventh, the Dons rallied. Zac Lander stroked a two-out single to center and Austin Piscotty drew a walk. With the tying run at second, Nick McGillivray came up with the knock into center field... game tied, right? Not quite. St. Francis center fielder Kort Peterson threw a dart to home plate and Tim Susnara held on for the final out.

After the play at the plate, the Lancers walked off a 1-0 winner and champions of their own tournament. So far this season, St Francis is definitely one of the Elite.