Every time Yorktown began a comeback Saturday night, Fort Wayne Dwenger was there to respond.
The Tigers fell 11-6 in the Class 3A Bellmont Regional baseball championship to the Bishop Dwenger Saints, ending what had been a strong postseason run.
After Yorktown’s Caleb Preston tied the game at two with a home run to left that scored Caleb Clawson, Dwenger quickly rebounded, tallying three runs of their own in the bottom of the second inning, giving Dwenger a 5-2 lead.
Yorktown starting pitcher Clawson struggled with his control, walking three batters and hitting two more. He was pulled in the third inning after allowing another three runs to score, giving Dwenger a 7-2 lead.
Bailey Miller came on to pitch and another run scored.
The Tigers bounced back, loading the bases in the top of the fourth inning before Preston came home on a balk and a double to deep left from Clay Dungan brought Caleb Taylor and James Kemp home, cutting Dwenger’s lead to three. Dungan would score off a single from Nathan Phillips, slicing the lead to two and chasing Dwenger pitcher Dan Connolly from the mound.
All of Yorktown’s potential comebacks were stymied when Dwenger came to the plate in the bottom half of the inning, tacking on more runs every time Yorktown cut into the lead.
A dropped fly ball in the Yorktown outfield would bring two Dwenger runners home, extending the Saints’ lead to 10-6 in the bottom of the fourth.
The struggles continued as Dwenger would tack on one more run, off a single from Justin Wagoner that brought Dalton O’Boyle home. The Tigers would ultimately burn through three pitchers after Cole Barr came on to relieve Miller, none of them able to settle into a rhythm.
Yorktown would bring a run home in the bottom of the seventh off an Anthony Todd single, but a strikeout from Barr ended the game.
New Castle falls
The Trojans’ season ended in the semifinals of the Avon Regional when they lost 12-5 to Terre Haute North. New Castle fell behind 7-0 in the second inning and couldn’t come back.