Tyler Ast turned in a championship pitching performance for the Catholic High School baseball team today in O’Fallon, throwing seven scoreless innings.
Unfortunately for the Irish, Fatima’s Patrick Schnieders did him one better, throwing eight scoreless in a 2-0 victory to lift his team to a Class 3 state championship.
Reid Kesel had the game-winning hit off Ast in the eighth, and Seth Lehmen added another RBI to give Schnieders more than enough support.
The Jefferson County Community College-bound senior struck out 11 batters and his defense turned a double play to seal the victory for the Comets (23-5).
The Irish (23-5) managed six hits off Schnieders, including three from leadoff hitter Brayton Ballenger, who played well at shortstop as well.
Catholic was trying for Springfield’s first state baseball title since the Fightin’ Irish won in 1997, the most recent of the city’s five championships.
Catholic did not allow a run for 16 straight innings of postseason play before the Comets snapped that streak in the eighth.