- Created: Thursday, 26 May 2022 05:45
By RICK PETERSON
WICHITA -- No. 7 seed Shawnee Heights got an outstanding pitching performance from senior Trevor Schattilly and put together multiple scoring chances at the plate in Thursday's Class 5A state baseball tournament at Eck Stadium.
But Ryan Schmidt's T-Birds were unable to get the big hits that could have turned the tide against second seed Bishop Carroll, with the Eagles taking a 2-0 first-round win.
Schattilly, Heights' ace, limited Bishop Carroll to just two hits while striking out four hitters, but the Eagles punched what proved to be the game-winning run on a fielder's choice in the bottom of the second and added an injurance run in the fifth when sophomore Austin Selenke tripled and scored on senior Ryan Pacha's run-scoring sacrifice fly.
Shawnee Heights, which finished the season 13-10, reached James Brennan for three hits over the first six innings while stranding eight baserunners and putting runners second and third in the third and loading the bases in the fourth, but the T-Birds were unable to get a run home. Junior Reed Hanneberg came on and pitched the seventh for Carroll to pick up the save.
"We had several times where we just couldn't get that clutch hiit and timely hitting was a problem for us today,'' Schmidt said. "Pitching-wise Trevor battled like he did all year long and did a wonderful job of keeping us close and we just couldn't get that one hit.''
Although Shawnee Heights suffered a disappointing loss to end his season Schmidt said he was proud of the way the T-Birds played late in the season, earning the United Kansas Conference title and advancing to state.
"I'm really happy for these guys,'' Schmidt said. "Where we started the beginning of the year and where we got to showed great improvement for them and a couple of them get to go on and have a shot to continue their career.''
Bishop Carroll, which improved to 19-4, advanced to Friay's 1:15 p.m. state semifinal to face the winner of the first-round game between Eisenhower and Valley Center.
The 11 p.m. semifinal will match St. Thomas Aquinas and Blue Valley Southwest.
The third-place game will be played at 3:30 p.m. Friday followed by the championship game at 5:45 p.m.
BISHOP CARROLL 2, SHAWNEE HEIGHTS 0
Shawnee Heights 000 000 0 -- 0 3 1
Bishop Carroll 010 010 x -- 2 2 2
Schattilly and Parrish. Brennan, Hanneberg (7) and Girrens. W -- Brennan. L -- Schattilly. 3B -- Bishop Carroll: Selenke.