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June 14, 2013

Bishop Foley baseball beats Bridgman, plays for third D-3 title in three years tomorrow

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Bishop Foley lines up at home following a state semifinal victory. The Ventures go for three in a row tomorrow afternoon.

 

BATTLE CREEK — Two years ago, the Bishop Foley baseball team beat Bridgman High to capture a Division 3 state title.

This afternoon, the Ventures beat the Bees again, and now have a shot at their third straight championship.

With Garrett Schilling dominating from the mound, and the offense taking advantage of timely hitting and defensive mistakes, Foley rolled to a 6-0 victory Friday afternoon in the D-3 semifinals from C.O. Brown Stadium in Battle Creek.

“It never gets old, not at all,” coach Buster Sunde said of prepping for tomorrow’s title game. “We work so hard to get to this point. The kids earned this.”

Schilling was at the top of his game, going the distance with relative ease in the victory.

The hard-throwing junior allowed just three hits, all singles, while striking out seven to stay perfect (15-0) on the season.

“My mindset was to play our game,” Schilling said afterward. “My slider and my curve were working. … It helped to get out in front of them, too. When I do that I feel like I can throw my pitch.”

As for the offense, after two scoreless innings, Austin Lukaschewski led the third off with a single, stole second and scored on Brad Baldwin’s single.

Baldwin came around to score on a Nathaniel Grys double.

In the fourth, Foley scored twice without a hit, taking advantage of a walk, a throwing error on a bunt and an eventual groundout.

The 4-0 lead was more than Schilling needed, but he didn’t mind helping his own cause.

After leading off the fifth with a single and stealing second, Schilling scored on a Grys single to right.

Andrew Williamson scored in the sixth on a Thomas Brumfield groundout to make it 6-0.

The Ventures finished the game with eight hits, all singles.

“We really had to adjust, playing a different style of game,” Sunde said. “We had to move people around with bunts and steals, but the guys did a great job.”

Foley (34-2-1)  goes for its third state title in three years Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. against either Grandville Calvin Christian (23-3) or Whittemore-Prescott (24-5).

Mike Murley (8-0) gets the start for Foley.

Bridgman ends the season 26-6-1.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Mike Moore at mmoore@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1038. Twitter Follow Mike on Twitter.