By Andrew Conrad, firstname.lastname@example.org
3:17 PM EDT, May 22, 2013
Chapelgate had lost to defending C Conference champion St. John's three times this season, twice in the regular season and once during the playoffs.
On May 18 at the Park School, however, the Yellowjackets finally turned the tide, beating St. Johns 4-3 for their first MIAA C Conference championship.
“It was just a mental thing, getting over the hump of beating a team that had beaten them so many times,” Chapelgate coach Justin Riggin said. “We had a good balance of senior leaders (Matt Hearn, Jordan Gorsuch, Jon Hamilton and Kris Hatton) and younger guys who were role players.”
St. Johns had won the past two C Conference titles, including a ten-run victory over Chapelgate in last year's championship.
On Saturday, sophomore Michael Patton pitched four innings of scoreless relief, striking out seven, and drove in the winning run on a squeeze bunt.
“We practice that type of stuff all the time in practice, so it was a perfect situation,” Patton said. “It was just a huge team effort all around.”
Hamilton started the game on the mound and scored the winning run on Patton's bunt.
Chapelgate also had to beat St. Johns last Thursday in nine innings to force the decisive game.
The Yellowjackets had previously won B Conference titles in 1998 and 2003.