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Bishop England captures third consecutive AAA state championship with bases loaded walk in the bottom of the 7th

Bishop England Makes It Three State Titles In A Row In 4-3 Win Over Crescent 

Neill Kirkpatrick

HSSR Staff Writer 

Columbia – Handcuffed most of the game by the outstanding pitching of Crescent senior lefthander Jarrett Oaks the Bishop England offense did just enough in the sixth and seventh innings to scratch out a 4-3 win in game three to win the AAA championship series two games to one over the Tigers.

It was the Battling Bishops third consecutive AAA state championship and moved them into second place All-Time in baseball state history with 10 state titles. Bishop England now trails only Bamberg- Ehrhardt and legendary coach David Horton, the Red Raiders have won 15 state championships including a national record 8 in a row.

“This feels pretty good to win three straight,” said BE head coach Mark Darnell. “We did what we have done all year, battle until the end. I think being here before for several of our guys helped at the end. They kept the younger guys calm and found a way to win.”

Coach Darnell continued, “I feel bad for both of their pitchers. The starter did a good job of keeping us off balance and the reliver was in a tough spot. Crescent out played us but as I told Blair (Crescent head coach) it was just baseball. It is a game of inches.”

This Crescent baseball team left a legacy for others to follow as this was their first state championship series. They won the region I AAA title going 9-1 in region play. They won six straight to get in the championship series and one game in the series to finish the year at 19-10.

Talking with Crescent head coach Blair Carson after the game he said this about his team, “I told them they have done everything I asked of them. It was tough coming up on the short end of the stick was tough. I thought we played well but Bishop England was able to come up with one more play.”

The Saturday afternoon tilt saw Adam Salmorin take the hill for Bishop England and Oakes for Crescent and they put on a show for the fans of both teams. Salmorin would go 5 1/3 innings scattering 8 hits, giving up three runs while Oakes would six innings giving up only five hits and four runs.

The Tigers would get thing started early as Drew Parnell led off the game with a single to left. He stole second base with one out and with two outs Dawson Merk would single to left driving Parnell with the first run of the game. Crescent led 1-0.

Oakes would give up a single in the first to BE’s Doom Dennis. He balked him to second, little did anyone know that the balk would come back to haunt them. After a walk to Chris Dengler, Oakes got the next two batters out to end the threat.

Both teams went quietly in the second with both pitchers settling into the game.

In the top of the third the Tigers would push across another run when Chad Linker singled in College of Charleston commit Bryant Ford, who led of the inning with a single, with the Tigers second run of the game and after 2 ½ innings the led 2-0.

The Battling Bishops would push across their first run of the game in the bottom of the inning when Corey Cochran singles to led off the inning and then was balked to second. Dengler then beat out an infield single scoring Cochran from third and the lead was cut half at 2-1 Tigers.

The Tigers would add to their lead in the top of the sixth as Matt McClellan worked Salmorin for a walk and then was sacrificed to second by Trevor Kelly. Oakes then singled to right and McClellan raced around to third base. Pinch runner Bo McKellar was caught stealing before Parnell hit a seeing eye single between third and short driving on McClellan and the Tigers led by two at 3-1.

In the bottom of the sixth BE was finally able to put some offense together. Dengler led off the inning another single. Chase Loggins then walked putting runners on first and second with no outs. Clemson signee Geoffrey Gilbert then ripped a double down the right field line scoring Dengler and moving Loggins to third. Then Oakes balked in the tying run and suddenly the game was tied.

Oakes settled and struck out the next two batters and a high pop up to shortstop to end the inning.

Gilbert, who come on for Salmorin with one out in the sixth, faced four batters in the inning and striking out two.

In the bottom of the seventh Oakes would walk BE’S John Regan to start the inning and was then pulled for Derek Drummond. Cochran would move Regan to second on a perfect sacrifice bunt. Dennis moved Regan to third on a single and then Dengler was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Drummond then got Loggins to pop up to the catcher for the second out of the inning and the Tiger had a chance to get this game to extra innings. Gilbert stepped into the batter’s box and worked Drummond for a walk plating Regan with the game winning and series winning run for the Battling Bishops.

On Salmorin performance BE pitching coach Nick Traeger, “Adam has gutted it out for us all year. He has worked his butt off and he deserved this win.”

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