Hall, Orleans edge Borden in regional final

Hall, Orleans edge Borden in regional final

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Hall, Orleans edge Borden in regional final

Junior tosses one-hitter

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Junior tosses one-hitter

 — For Orleans pitcher Chase Hall, a regional title is sweet, and a no-hitter only adds to the excitement.

He came close to getting both.

The first batter of the seventh inning, though — Borden’s only senior, Kyle Kruer — ripped a sharp single to left field to break up Hall’s a no-hit bid.

Nevertheless, Hall, a junior, settled for a one-hitter and Orleans won its first regional since 2006 after edging Borden 2-0 Saturday night in the finals of the Class A Loogootee Regional.

Nine years to the day, Orleans won its only other regional when the Bulldogs beat Borden. Coach Mark Wheeler said he’s been waiting for another shot.

“We’re on a mission,” he said. “We’ve been looking for this for a long time.

“My little junior threw the ball so well. I’m so proud of him. I can’t say enough about him … That’s, by far, his best (performance). I didn’t realize it was (close) to a no-hitter.”

Hall, although he improved to 6-0, admitted he was a bit disappointed coming up short on a no-hitter.

“I would have loved it. It would’ve been great. But we got the team goal and that’s all that matters,” Hall said.

“I felt great out there today. I would say it’s pretty hard to hit me when I’ve got all four pitches moving pretty well.”

Third-ranked Orleans (26-5) will play in Saturday’s semistate at either Plainfield or Jasper.

Orleans broke out on top in the bottom of the first inning with a couple of singles. With Steven Phillips on second base after a single and a stolen base, Jason Mosson sent a bloop single to right field, scoring Phillip and giving the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.

In the second inning, Orleans took advantage of a Borden miscue.

Borden freshman pitcher Lucas McNew struck out the first three of the second inning but catcher Dawson Nale couldn’t locate the ball and Orleans’ Dylan Clem reached first base.

After Clem stole second base, he scored when Chase Hall drilled a single to left field, giving the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.

“It doesn’t take much sometimes,” Wheeler said.

Borden (19-10) got a solid effort from its pitcher in freshman Lucas McNew (4-3), who allowed just five hits and struck out 11.

“Orleans has been ranked all year,” said Borden coach Eric Stotts. “They’re a very experienced ball club, as good as anybody in Class A. We knew it would take a herculean effort to win this game today.

“Lucas (McNew) pitched well enough. We just didn’t score enough runs, and that’s baseball … He pitched well enough to earn a win in a regional championship.”

Class A Loogootee Regional

Championship

Borden 000 000 0 – 0 1 1

Orleans 110 000 x – 2 5 1

WP – Chase Hall 6-0. LP – McNew 4-3. Records: Borden 19-10, Orleans 26-5.

Semifinals

Tecumseh 001 010 0 – 2 4 0

Borden 202 000 x – 4 9 3

WP – Kruer. LP – Shelby. 2B – Shelby (T).

North Daviess 002 000 0 – 2 4 1

Orleans 004 120 x – 7 10 2

WP – Mosson. LP – Wagler. 2B – Clem (O), Mosson (O).

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