St. Pat’s enjoyed dramatic baseball victories

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter
Regional finalist: The St. Patrick School baseball team was 9-5 this season and reached the regional-title game. Members of the squad are, in front, from left: Jarred Urban, Luke McIntire, Andrew Craig and Boone Youngman; second row: Nick Berlett, Austin Strong, Michael LaHood, Jacob Coovert, Campbell Monroe and Will Kacynski; third row: Steve Trueblood, Mark LaHood, Jack Berlett, Jimmy McCaughey, Chris Trueblood, Seth Borrowman, Alex Wiegand and coach Josh Hofer; fourth row: coaches Mike Aydt and Marty McCaughey.

The St. Patrick School baseball team finished first in the Tazewood Conference 1A division for the second year in a row. 

The Irish accumulated a record of 6-1 against their 1A rivals and a regular season record of 8-4. 

The conference season began Aug. 15 with a 5-4 win against Robein.

The Irish fell behind 3-0 in the third inning before their big bats came alive. 

Eighth graders Austin Strong, Chris Trueblood and Jack Berlett all collected two hits, and seventh grader Jimmy McCaughey went 3-for-4. 

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Berlett lined a game-winning single to score McCaughey, who singled and stole second.

Eighth grader Nick Berlett got the victory pitching four innings and seventh grader Alex Wiegand pitched four scoreless innings to close it out for the Irish.

St. Pat’s then dropped District 50 by a 12-0 count Aug. 18.

Jack Berlett went 3-for-3 with a bases-clearing triple in the second inning. Trueblood had three big hits to put the game out of reach, and added five RBI to lead the Irish. 

Wiegand got the victory and McCaughey closed the deal, combining for a one-hit shutout.

The Irish were victorious Aug. 22 against 1A opponent Pekin Rankin as pitchers Wiegand and McCaughey frustrated hitters. Jack Berlett went 3-for-4, including a double and triple. 

St. Pat’s lost at Peoria Christian Aug. 24, 3-2. The Irish tied the game in the top of the sixth on a Jack Berlett RBI double. 

Nick Berlett pitched well, allowing only five hits over seven innings. 

Catcher Mark LaHood later said, “Nick hit his spots the entire game.” 

The Irish fell, 10-3, Aug. 25 to Washington Central. McCaughey and Jack Berlett both had two hits and an RBI while seventh grader Seth Borrowman also drove in a run.

A true team effort pushed the Irish to an 11-0 victory Aug. 27 over St. Mary’s. 

Jack Berlett, McCaughey, Trueblood and seventh grader Jacob Coovert all tallied two hits. Jack Berlett led the attack with five RBI, including a triple to blow the game open.

McCaughey, LaHood and seventh grader Andrew Craig combined for a two-hitter.

The Irish were victorious again in five innings, Sept. 2, 14-4, over Blessed Sacrament. 

Wiegand went 4-for-4 and Jack Berlett went 3-for-4 with both accumulating for four RBI. 

Strong added with a 2-for-3 effort with two RBI. 

Nick Berlett pitched well, and McCaughey closed it out for the victory.

The Irish fell to Germantown Hills, 14-6, Sept. 3. LaHood, Strong, Trueblood and Wiegand all tallied two hits. 

St. Pat’s lost a 3-2 heartbreaker Sept. 8 to Delavan. Strong and Trueblood led the offense with key hits late in the game. Nick Berlett and McCaughey pitched well in defeat. 

The Irish slammed St. Mark’s, 15-0, Sept. 9. 

Wiegand went the distance, striking out five. All the starters found their way on base. McCaughey, Trueblood and Jack Berlett each contributed with three RBI.

The Irish won a wild game Sept. 10 at Washington Middle School.

The Irish were down 3-1 early when McCaughey deposited a liner over the center-field fence, his second of the season. 

An RBI single by LaHood squared the contest at three. Down 6-3 in the top of the seventh, the Irish rallied behind Strong, McCaughey, Trueblood and a LaHood liner to go up 7-6. 

The score was tied at seven in the top of the ninth. Jack Berlett and LaHood produced RBI singles for a lead WMS could not surpass. 

The season got even crazier when Bartonville Hollis came to town. 

The Irish were up by nine early before Hollis took a 17-13 edge in the sixth. 

St. Pat’s scored four in the bottom of the sixth with two outs behind key hits from Nick Berlett, Strong and McCaughey.

In the bottom of the 10th, Borrowman walked, followed by a Nick Berlett sacrifice bunt. The speedy Borrowman stole third and scored the game-winner when the throw got away. 

Jack Berlett and LaHood went 3-for-5 while McCaughey went 4-for-5 with six RBI. 

Craig pitched three scoreless innings for the win and LaHood closed out the game with a scoreless ninth for a final score of 18-17.

The Irish earned a No. 2 seed in regional play and a Sept. 19 date with Henry. The Irish were behind 12-3 in the top of the fifth before a rally started with a two-run homer to right field by McCaughey. 

A slew of hits followed, scoring 19 runs in the bottom of the inning to win, 22-12.

Highlights included: Campbell Monroe’s two-run single to tie the game at 12. Will Kacynski added a two-run single and McCaughey hit for the cycle with eight RBI, including seven in the fifth inning. Wiegand got the victory for Irish.

St. Pat’s lost, 5-0, to No. 1 seed Roanoke-Benson Sept. 21. 

The pitching trio of LaHood, Wiegand and McCaughey allowed only six hits but could not string together multiple hits to overcome the deficit.

The Irish finished the season with a final record of 9-5.