Chad Spanberger has hit five home runs this season for Granite City, Ill., but none were as big as the one he hit Wednesday. With his team trailing O'Fallon 5-3 in the top of the seventh in a 4A regional semifinal, Spanberger hit a two-out grand slam to lift his team to a 7-5 victory.
Spanberger, a junior who has said he will sign with Arkansas, is a three-year starter. He played shortstop and third base on Wednesday but has also pitched and played catcher this season.
“All season long, bases loaded, I haven’t gotten a hit — I haven’t come through,” Spanberger told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “But the biggest part of the game, biggest part of the season, too, I came through. It’s exciting.”
Granite City coach John Moad said much has been expected of Spanberger this season.
"The expectations of him are so high because he's such a good player," Moad said. "If anyone else had this kind of season, it would be great. He's not come through in a few spots before, but I'd rather him him come through in a spot like that. It happened so fast, I was speechless. What a moment."
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The rest of the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Performances of the Week:
Brett Blackwood, Hartselle, Ala.
Singled in the winning run Saturday in his team's 3-2 defeat of Spanish Fort in the deciding baseball game of the state 5A championship. He holds the state record with 103 hits in a season and hit .488 this season.
DePaul Blunt, Clarkston, Wash.
Was the winning pitching victory in three straight postseason games, and drove in the winning run in two of them.
Mary Cain, Bronxville, N.Y.
Distance runner, 2014
Set a national girls junior and high school record with a time of 4 minutes, 4.62 seconds in the 1,500 meters last Friday at the Oxy High Performance Meet in Los Angeles, breaking Suzy Hamilton's mark of 4:09.10. Cain has already set the national high school indoor records for the mile (4:28.25) and the two mile (9:38.68) this season.
Matt Masters, Bethlehem (Ga.) Christian Academy
Had seven consecutive hits, going 7-for-8 in two defeats of Citizens Christian (Douglas) in the Georgia Independent School Association Class A baseball quarterfinals. Over the two games, he had 10 RBI, including three homers. For the season, he's hitting .473 with 38 RBI.
Sandie Raines, Kingwood, Texas
Distance runner, 2013
Won the state 3,200 meters in a state-record 10:13.81, 25 seconds ahead of the next runner.
Morgan Ray, Frenchtown, Mont.
Threw a no-hitter to lead her softball team to a 10-0 defeat of Lewistown last Friday in the Laverne Combo tournament in Butte. She also went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI in the game.
Blair Sisk, Cherry Creek, Greenwood Village, Colo.
Scored seven goals and two assists to lead the Bruins to a 20-10 defeat of Centaurus (Lafayette) on Wednesday for the state lacrosse title. It was Cherry Creek's 10th state lacrosse title.
James Sullivan, Garden City, N.Y.
Won all 11 faceoffs in a 13-3 lacrosse defeat of Long Beach on Tuesday in a Conference B Semifinal.
Speros Varinos, Masconomet, Topsfield, Mass.
Handed North Reading its first loss with a complete-game nine-strikeout one-hitter on Saturday.