Holy Innocents' baseball team – 13-2 in region play – ended all suspense Monday afternoon with a five-inning 10-0 win over St. Francis to clinch the Region 5A title.
Coach Dylan Deal’s squad will finish regular season Thursday at Pace Academy before hosting the opening round of the playoffs May 4th against a team yet to be determined.
“Winning 20 games was our first goal; taking the region title was our second,” Deal said. “Now we only have one more goal to go. I’m proud of the guys; we came out aggressive and we came out confident. There’s not another group of guys I’d rather have in the trenches.”
Deal was also complimentary of the one-two punch on the mound in Daniel Topping and Charles Link. Topping went four innings and fanned five while Link came out in the final frame, allowing no hits and striking out two.
The Bears pounded out 10 hits and got the long ball out of Garrett Sizemore and Tal Kelsey. Kelsey, Mitchell Davis and Sam Lukens all went 2-for-3; Lukens had a double, a triple and three RBI. Sizemore was 1-for-3 with three RBI.
Kelsey’s homer was his first official varsity home run. Ironically, he homered last Tuesday against St. Francis but the game was called in the fourth inning due to rain.
Other hitters included Skye Bolt (1-for-3, 1 RBI, two runs scored), Callan Connolly (1-for-3), and Carter Brehm (1-for-2). HI left only four runners on base.