Harold Diaz drove in two runs with a double against Lindsey Wilson.Harold Diaz drove in two runs with a double against Lindsey Wilson.

Patriot Baseball falls in MSC Tournament Finals

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The Patriot Baseball team was back at it today against Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) in the finals of the Mid-South Conference Baseball Tournament at Bowling Green Ballpark in Bowling Green, Ky.

The Patriots were able to force a second championship game after a 7-6 come from behind victory last night against the Blue Raiders. The Patriots tried to do the same today, but came up one run short as they fell to the Blue Raiders, 4-3.

St. Catharine concluded the 2015 campaign with a 37-15 record. After dropping their first game of the MSC Tournament to Shawnee State (Ohio), the Patriots were able to win five straight elimination games to make it to the tournament finals.

The game turned out to be a pitcher’s duel as Daniel Lerma (Oxnard, Calif.) and Scott Sebald matched each other inning-by-inning.

Lerma carried a perfect game into the seventh, but with two outs in the seventh, he allowed a solo shot to Alex Bautista that gave the Blue Raiders a 1-0 lead. Lerma allowed four runs – two earned – one just one hit in his 7.1 innings. Sebald, on the other hand, was also cruising; he finished with three runs – none earned – on six hits in his eight innings of work.

After the home run in the seventh, the Blue Raiders added to their lead with three runs on one hit and one key Patriot error. Austin Willis-Greene (Beaufort, S.C.) entered the inning with one out and allowed just one hit that scored a run.

St. Catharine – who had come from behind in four of their five wins in the tournament – showed signs of another comeback in the bottom half of the eighth inning when they scored three runs on three hits and one key error.

After a ground out to open the inning, the Patriot bats started to heat up. Tyler Devine (Harrodsburg, Ky.) got it started with a single. Then, Carlos Cespedes (Santo Domingo D.R.) reached on an error and Drew Kissel (Jeffersonville, Ind.) followed that up with a base knock to load the bases.

Alfredo Bohorquez (Maracaibo, Venezuela) then hit a high chopper to third base that looked as though it might get over his head, but the third baseman was able to glove it and make a throw to second to get one out. Harold Diaz (Gurabo, P.R.) then ripped a double down the left field line that scored Cespedes and Bohorquez. Diaz – who represented the tying run – moved up to third after a wild pitch by Sebald. Sebald, however, was able to strand the tying run at third after a ground out to end the inning.

The Patriots showed more signs of life in their last at-bat. After a ground out to open the inning, the Patriots had the tying run aboard after a Nick Rosso (Santa Barbara, Calif.) single. Ryan Hartman – who enter in relief in the ninth – was able to get pop out and a strikeout to end the game.

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