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Newman Catholic vs. Remsen St. Mary's

July 28, 2016

Unranked Remsen St. Mary's scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to upset defending champion and top-ranked Newman Catholic 5-3 Thursday in a Class 1A semifinal at Principal Park. It was the Knights' first loss to a 1A team since the 2014 title game.

Newman led 3-1 after six innings. But the Hawks fought back to advance to the title game.

St. Mary’s jumped on Newman immediately with a first-inning run. Derrick Schorg roped a leadoff single, advanced to second on a wild pick-off throw and then reached third on a ground out. R.J. Staab came through with an RBI single to plate the first run of the game.

The lead held through three, though both teams had their fair share of offense. Newman left seven runners stranded through the first three innings, but was able to execute in the fourth. Matthew Fitzsimmons got things going with a single and Jace Leininger, pinch-running, was put into scoring position on a bunt. With two outs, Peyton Scott laced a double to left to lock the score at 1-1. With runners going on the swing of the bat, the Knight’s plated the go-ahead run on an outfield error.

Newman put two more runners on in the fifth with a walk followed by an Evan Paulus single. Josh Fitzgerald swiped third and came around to score on a sacrifice fly off the batt of Fitzsimmons to extend the Knight’s lead to 3-1.

Down to its last three outs, St. Mary’s rallied. Brady Portz ripped a double over the right fielder’s head to get things going and Carter Kuchel and Derrick Schorg managed consecutive walks to load the bags. A fielder’s choice from Brady Harpenau knocked in a run and shorty after, the game was tied on a fielder’s choice ground ball from Jacob Wesselmann. The Hawk scored two more in the frame to take the lead, with the offense highlighted by an RBI triple from Staab.

St. Mary’s will play in the 1A finals at 11 a.m. Saturday at Principal Park. The fourth-seeded Hawks are 32-5 and hope to add to state titles won in 1983, 1984 and 1985.

The top-seeded Knights ended at 33-6. Newman was making a record 20th straight state tournament appearance and a record ninth straight.