The Seton Catholic baseball team took two bats to Hagerstown on Wednesday — just in case.
The Cardinals didn’t expect to use them, and they didn’t, but after just 12 pitches from Brady Gray, they improved to 3-0, finishing off a 12-8 victory over Hagerstown in eight innings.
The game was suspended due to darkness on Tuesday with Seton leading 12-7 in the bottom of the eighth.
“We brought the mindset that we were not hitting today. We didn’t even bring our bats. (The plan) was we were going to get our three outs and we were going to go home,” Seton Catholic’s Adam Schroeder said. “We had a lot of room to play with because we had a big (top of the) eighth inning. Basically it just came down to focus and doing things right.”
Hagerstown’s Cole Bartlett faced a full count on Tuesday, then took ball four on the first pitch Wednesday, stole second, advanced to third on one groundout to second baseman Schroeder, before scoring on another.
Schroeder threw 92 pitches on Tuesday, giving up two runs on two hits over five innings, then fielded both groundouts Wednesday, before Gray caught Garrett Wilson looking to end the game.
The final half-inning took about 10 total minutes.
“We said, ‘If (Bartlett) gets on, he gets on, we’re not worried about him. We’re worried about making the routine play, getting an out at first,'” Seton coach Jason Howard said. “They all stayed focused. They knew the task at hand was three outs and they came out and did it.”
Schroeder and Ryan Pipenger each had two hits for the Cardinals Tuesday, while Nate Brouse homered and Craig Heyob jump-started a five-run eighth with an RBI single.
Trevor Bradway and Jonah McKissick each had two hits for Hagerstown, while Bartlett and Jacob Leitner had one.
McKissick doubled and drove in Wednesday’s run.
The Cardinals held a 7-2 lead Tuesday before the Tigers (0-1) tied it with three runs in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Seton opens its home schedule Saturday with a doubleheader against Rising Sun.
The Tigers return to action tonight at Wapahani.
“We basically used this as extended practice,” Hagerstown coach Brad Catey said. ” … That’s the only way we could take a win from this game, so we approached it as so and we’re going to go at it, practice some fundamentals, go over some things we didn’t do (Tuesday) and see if we can’t figure it out.
” … Hats off to Adam Schroeder, throwing that many pitches Saturday (against National Trail) and then coming back. He came back yesterday, it shows a lot for him. A lot of kids around here wouldn’t be able to do that, but he did a great job with it.”