by Kevin Buckley ’13
It was a good old fashioned pitcher’s duel at AT&T Park Saturday night!
Saint Ignatius struck first in the top of the third inning, but their rally was held to just one thanks to a two-out outfield assist by left fielder Danny Hinderliter ’19, who nailed a Wildcats runner at home plate. The Irish wasted no time in answering that Wildcats run, as in the bottom of the third, shortstop Marty Cole ’18 knocked in pinch runner Stefan Suarez 18 with a clutch two-out RBI.
On the pitching side for Sacred Heart Cathedral, starter Martin Chavarria ’18 was masterful, as was the defense behind him. In six-plus innings he allowed only one run and four hits before being relieved by sophomore Uday Narottam ’20. Narottam retired the Wildcats quietly in the top of the seventh, and with the score still tied 1-1, the Irish were coming up with the chance for a walkoff.
Jack McDowell ’18 opened up the inning with an opposite field double, then Keshawn Ogans ’19 laid down a perfect bunt down the third baseline for a base hit. Cole was then intentionally walked, bringing up Chavarria with the bases loaded and nobody out. Chavarria quickly fell behind 0-2, but the next pitch bounced in front of home plate and skipped away from the catcher. Pinch-runner Conner Gregorio ’19 dashed down the third baseline and scored without a play, sending the Irish dugout and cheering section into a frenzy.
It was a fitting ending for a tense and exciting pitcher’s duel, and with the hard fought victory, the Bruce Mahoney trophy has returned to 1055 Ellis Street!