ELMHURST – In the strong athletic history of Timothy Christian High School, one thing that had escaped the Trojans was a sectional title in baseball.
That is, until Saturday afternoon.
With the offense producing early and starting pitcher Brian Schiff handling the rest, Timothy Christian brought home the first sectional championship plaque in program history with a 7-2 win victory against Holy Trinity in Elmhurst.
The right-handed Schiff worked all seven innings, allowing single runs in the first and sixth frames. He scattered five hits and struck out four and received a flawless outing from the defenders behind him.
“As soon as we kept winning games this year,” Schiff said, “we said if we get to the sectional, we can push through. It’s awesome.
“Their first pitcher they threw was pretty good but we just unleashed. We did that wth Francis Parker (in the sectional semifinal on Wednesday). We just kept hitting the ball and we kept scoring. It was great to see. Everyone is hitting, nobody is in a slump.”
Indeed, the visitors jumped on the opposition from the opening pitch as Jimmy Allen led off the game with a triple. He scored on a wild pitch before Connor Gwaltney knocked in two more with a single down the right-field line.
After Holy Trinity sliced the deficit to 3-1, Joey Davidson drove in Josh Anderson with a single in the second.
An RBI-triple off the bat of Jimmy Strube upped the advantage to 5-1 and Allen followed with a two-RBI double.
“Everyone on this team, we all get along,” Allen said. “We are really at our peak play right now, we are playing the best baseball we’ve played all year.”
Unfortunately, Timothy Christian’s season came to an end Monday with a 7-0 loss to Chicago Christian at the Benedictine Supersectional. Chicago Christian has lost just once this spring and had also defeated Timothy twice in early April.
The Dukes finished the spring with a record of 23-11 after falling 3-2 to Maine West in the Niles North Class 4A regional championship game on Saturday.
York had opened the playoffs with a 5-4 win over Niles North, scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
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The Knights bowed out of the Class 2A playoffs with a 2-0 loss to Holy Trinity in a regional semifinal contest on May 24.
Brendan Russ struck out eight in a complete-game effort. IC had a final record of 14-19.