Silliman finishes sweep of St. Aloysius

Published 12:22 am Saturday, April 30, 2016

St. Aloysius ran out of arms, and out of time in its season.

Silliman Institute tagged St. Al’s tiring and depleted pitching staff for three runs in the fourth inning and four in the fifth, and went on to win Game 2 of their MAIS Class AAA playoff series 8-3 on Friday.

Silliman (18-8), the defending Class AAA champion, completed a two-game sweep and advanced to face Bayou Academy in the second round next week.

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St. Al finished its season with a 16-9 record, and lost five of its last six games excluding a pair of forfeit wins over Park Place.

“They were a quality team, but I feel we didn’t play our best in the stretch,” St. Al coach Sid Naron said. “I’m proud of the seniors’ effort and feel they have left a solid foundation for St. Al baseball. I feel the foundation for this program has been set this year. This program will make some noise in the near future.”

In the present, however, the Flashes went down fairly quietly.

After losing Game 1 of the best-of-three series 8-2 Tuesday at Bazinsky Field, they needed to sweep a doubleheader from Silliman on Friday to extend their season. And, for a while, things were looking up. Lane Hynum delivered an RBI single and Will Pierce a sacrifice fly in the top of the third inning to give the Flashes a 2-1 lead.

Silliman, though, came roaring back.

Zach Kelly tied it with an RBI single in the fourth inning, and two runs scored on a fielder’s choice to give Silliman the lead.

After Hynum’s sacrifice fly cut the margin to 4-3, Josh Coarsey led off the bottom of the fifth with a home run for Silliman. Cole Jackson doubled in a run and scored on a single by Myles Simmons, who in turn scored on a double by Brian Siebert to give Silliman an 8-3 lead.

With only three effective and available pitchers — all of whom had pitched in Game 1 — Naron was forced to ride out the rallies with what he had. Tyler and Garrett Breithaupt, along with Casey Griffith, combined to allow 11 hits and seven walks in six innings.

“We ran out of arms,” Naron said.

Siebert went 3-for-4 with three RBIs for Silliman, while Kelly and Tre Berthelot each had two hits and an RBI.

Hynum was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for St. Al, and Jake Pierce went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.