Victory League: Dueling shutouts result in Sobieski four-peat

A week after becoming the first team all season to scratch across an earned run on Tyler Jendro, the Lakers became the first team to pick up a win when the Sobieski ace was on the mound.

It still wasn’t enough.

After coming through the consolation bracket, Avon edged previously unbeaten Sobieski 1-0 in the Region 8C finals in Avon, Saturday, but the Skis regrouped with a 3-0 victory in the winner-take-all finale that followed.

Avon tallied the lone run of the opening contest right away in the bottom of the first.

Rick Hendrickson led off with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and came around to score on a two-out single by Scott Litchy.

Sobieski threatened to even the score in its final two at bats, but had the tying run thrown out at the plate in the eighth and stranded at third base in the ninth.

Litchy threw eight shutout innings to earn the win for Avon, with Bryce Feia picking up the save.

With the stage set for a decisive third meeting of the tournament between the teams, Sobieski turned to draftee Kyle Peterschick, who turned in a three-hit gem to guide the Skis to the title.

Sobieski grabbed control immediately with a two-run first, as Beau Hanowski and Joey Hanowski hit back-to-back singles and Tyler Jendro reached on a hit by pitch to fill the bases.

Avon turned in a double play to pick up two outs, but Sobieski scored its first run of the game on the play, then Isaac Smieja delivered an RBI double to make it 2-0.

Sobieski plated its third and final run in the second inning, as Andrew Gurbada walked, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored on a Riley Hirsch single.

Peterschick took the reins from there, enabling only two Avon runners to reach scoring position in the contest.

Avon will now be the second seed out of the region in the state tournament, opening the first round against Richmond, Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Delano.

As the region champion, Sobieski will receive a bye into the round of 32, opening play Saturday, Aug. 24, at 5 p.m. in Delano.