Chapelgate was overmatched by a skillful pitcher Thursday. The defending C Conference champion Yellowjackets, who finished the regular season undefeated, faced St. John's ace Michael Bealmear in the conference semifinals and fell, 8-1.
Bealmear struck out 13, walked one and allowed three hits in a masterly complete-game performance.
"They threw a good pitcher at us today," Chapelgate coach Jeremy Story said. "His best pitch was the changeup, and he used it well. He understood which of my hitters could hit his fastball and he located that fastball that he knew they wouldn't get, and then he'd come back with the changeup and get them out in front."
Wayne Baldwin hit a solo home run in the first, which turned out to be the Yellowjackets' only run. He also made five assists and a putout, and drew a walk in the sixth.
Josh Butler and Seamus Harrigan had the Yellowjackets' other two hits.
Chapelgate drops into the elimination bracket and will play the winner of Beth T'Filoh and Sts. Peter and Paul on Monday. If victorious, Chapelgate will need to defeat St. John's on Tuesday and Wednesday to defend its conference title.
Chapelgate battled backed from the elimination bracket and defeated St. John's twice last year to win the crown.
"This team has high character," Story said. "I want to see (St. John's) again ... I'm looking forward to it, it'll be fun."
Bealmear (2-3, 2 RBI, 3 R, BB), John Harding (2-3, RBI, R) and Francis Barbera (3-4, 2 3B, 4 RBI, R) led the Vikings offense.
SJ (7-3, 10-7) 304 010 0 - 8 9 0
Ch (10-0, 12-3) 100 000 0 - 1 3 3
Bealmear and Mahalchick. Siggins and Harrigan.
2B: SJ — Thomas.
3B: SJ — Barbera 2.
HR: Ch — Baldwin.