Dayton, OH – In a four game series April 25-26, Sinclair Baseball one its12th consecutive game to take their 5th OCCAC Title in 6 years. Heading into the conference weekend, Sinclair needed just one win for their fifth title in the last six years. They didn't have to wait very long as they won the first game of the four game series 4-1. Pride starter Pat Boyle had another complete game victory improving to 5-0 in OCCAC and 8-0 overall. The offense didn't get things going until the bottom of the 5th inning when they erupted for four runs. Titus Montgomery started the inning off with a single to right and after a failed bunt attempt from Alex Young, Peter Ballard walked to give the Pride two base runners. With two strikes, Quentin Urban hit a dribbler to the 1st basemen that was misplayed and the error allowed Montgomery to tie the game and both runners to advance two bases. Mitch Roman would deliver the knockout punch with a line drive to left field that found a way past the diving fielder. Roman ended up on third with a triple and scored two batters later on Eric Hansman's RBI single. Boyle finished the game with a strikeout and the celebration was on. Boyle said, "Being at the very bottom of the dogpile is one the most exhilarating, yet painful, moments of my life." This is Sinclair's 16th OCCAC Championship in school history.
WP: Pat Boyle (8-0) CG 7IP 4H 1ER BB 4K's
Offensive Leaders: Mitch Roman 1-3 RS 3B 2 RBI's, Eric Hansman 1-3 RBI, Titus Montgomery 1-2 RS BB
The Pride scored early in this game plating three runs in the bottom of the 1st inning, but then went cold throughout the rest of the game. Starter Carlos Pena got out of a tough jam in the first inning without allowing a run but was not able to escape second Lakeland got on the board with a run. Sinclair answered in the bottom of the second manufacturing a run and scoring on a wild pitch. The score remained 4-1 until the 5th inning when Lakeland third basemen Miquel Flowers took Pena deep for a two run homerun to left. Pena finished the inning without allowing another runner but was lifted after five innings. Mason Aelker pitched a scoreless 6th and after allowing a hit in the 7th, Aelker was pulled for closer Nathan Helke. Helke recorded the final two outs of the game earning his 11th save of the year which sets the new school record.
WP: Carlos Pena (8-1) 5IP 4H 3ER 2BB's 7 K's
SV: Nathan Helke (11) .2IP K
On Saturday, the Laker bats came out swinging as they knocked out ten hits in the first three innings of the game. Sinclair opened the game with four runs in the 1st but after the 3rd, trailed 6-4. The Pride offense answered with two runs in the bottom of the 4th and bottom of the 5th and that's how the game would end, 8-6. Mason Aelker earned his 4th win of the season pitching three strong innings of relief. Reliever Drew Murray pitched a scoreless 6th and after getting in trouble in the 7th, the Pride turned to Nathan Helke again for the save. The winning run was scored by Mitch Roman who tripled in the 4th and scored on a Taylor Huebner single.
WP: Mason Aelker (4-1) 3IP
Offensive Leaders: Mitch Roman 1-3 2RS BB 3B, Andrew Holderman 2-3 BB SB 2B 3RBI's, Mark Carpenter 2-3 RS SB RBI, Alex Young 2-2 BB SB 2B 2RBI's
Freshmen Mitch Asman made his first conference start and was outstanding in his debut. Asman was very efficient with his pitches and threw a complete game while only allowing two runs. The Sinclair bats scored two in the first inning, all with two outs after back to back doubles from Eric Hansman and Andrew Holderman. In the 2nd, they added on three more runs on a homerun from Mitch Roman, his 3rd of the season.
WP: Mitch Asman (3-0) 7IP 6H 2ER BB 5K's
Offensive Leaders: Mitch Roman 1-3 HR 3RBI's, Andrew Holderman 2-2 BB 2 2B's RBI, Titus Montgomery 2-2 BB.