Baseball: Washington Township rallies to win PCC tournament title
By LaMond Pope firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-2691 May 24, 2014 11:14PM
Washington Township's Troy Kwiatkowski scores on a wild pitch increasing their lead to 11-6 over South Central in Valparaiso on May 24, 2014. | Jim Karczewski/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 26, 2014 6:49AM
VALPARAISO — Washington Township was down to its last out.
The Senators trailed South Central by one run in the top of the seventh of the PCC tournament title game.
It turned out to be the perfect time to stage a comeback.
Washington Township (19-7) scored six runs with two outs to rally and defeat the Satellites 11-6.
Chase Peiffer delivered the big hit, knocking in three runs with a double to give the Senators the lead.
“He threw me a high and outside pitch and I, with a 34-inch bat, all I wanted to do was go out there and wrist it and I just happened to get a hold of it and take it to left field,” Peiffer said.
Jimmy Milligan had three hits — including a single in the seventh — and three RBI as the Senators overcame five errors to capture their third straight PCC tournament championship.
“You can tell that as bad as things were getting, we still had that look. We didn’t quit,” coach Randy Roberts said.
South Central (12-14) made the Senators work for it.
“Good teams, you can’t give them second chances, you can’t give them more than three outs. It’s been our thing all year, we have to make plays. But I think all in all, no one gave us a chance coming into this game,” South Central coach Ryan Kruszka said.
“Noah (Eaton) pitched unbelievably after pitching against them a week ago and getting hit around pretty good. He came in here and he was like, ‘new slate, new day and I’m going to bring it to them.’ He pitched outstanding.”
Eaton pitched five innings for the Satellites. He left with the game tied at 5. South Central grabbed a one-run lead in the sixth when Austen Hanna scored on a passed ball.
Washington Township tied the game with two outs in the seventh when Bryce Collins scored on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, the Senators loaded the bases for Peiffer, who doubled to left. Troy Kwiatkowski followed with an RBI double (his third hit) and the Senators were on their way to another PCC tournament crown.
“It’s big to win this three years in a row,” Peiffer said. “Especially since these are the same group of guys that I’ve been with all three years and we’re close.”