Alleman baseball splits, shares WB6 title


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Posted Online: May 07, 2013, 10:55 pm
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By Josh Rizzo, Special to sports
QUINCY -- Alleman baseball coach Chris Lemon wanted his team toavoid repeating themselves after having a habit of falling behind early in Western Big 6 Conference contests.

It couldn't get out of the pattern on Tuesday night.

The Pioneers allowed Quincy to score the first run in both contests, but secured an 8-2 comeback win in the opener to grab a share of the Big 6 title. However, Alleman could not do it twice as it suffered a 7-6 loss in the nightcap, meaning it shared the league crown with Galesburg.

"We've set a bad precedent in the conference where we have a tendency to get down," Lemon said after the Pioneers won a piece of their first Big 6 title in nine years. "And it happened in the first game and we came back and won it. Same thing in the second game."

Cody Sedlock took some time to settle down for the Pioneers (20-3, 8-2) in the opener. Sedlock gave up a run-scoring double and solo home run to Alex Million in the first and third innings, respectively, to allow the Blue Devils (9-13, 4-6) to build a 2-0 lead.

"It was a long rest because I haven't pitched since last Saturday (against Galesburg)," Sedlocksaid. "It took me a little bit to get warmed up. after that our defensestarted rolling, our bats started rolling and that gave us the motivationthat helped me out on the mound."

Connor Whan, who went 3-for-4, helped swing the momentum for Alleman. SamLootens led off the fifth with a single and Kevin O'Keeffe followed with a single.Following a sacrifice by Nate Thompson, Whan slapped a double toright-center field that tied the game.

Alleman went ahead 5-2 in the sixth, with Thompson picking up an run-scoring single to putthe Pioneers up. Later in the inning, Whan drove in Thompson and Dan Cutkomp with a double.

Alleman added three more runs in the seventh.

After following behind 3-0 in the first two innings of Game 2, Alleman respondedwith four runs in the fourth. Sean Wetherell drove in a run with a double,John Tracey walked to draw a run and Taner Ledezma hit a two-run single. ThePioneers fell behind 6-5 when QHS plated three runs in the bottom of thefourth.

Million drove in two runs with a single and Eilers drove in DillonGilbert. Quincyscored the game-winning run when Million singled off Jonah Saranglao toplate Eilers in the sixth.

"The second game, what I'm disappointed in is we had them on the ropes," Lemon said. "We had them on the ropes, the bases loaded, the right guys up, nobody out and we scored one run. That's why we tied for the conference championship instead of winning it outright."

















 



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