In the nightcap of a BCIAA baseball quarterfinals double header, No.3 seed Hamburg took on No.6 seed Berks Catholic. The two Berks II foes had previously played twice, with Hamburg emerging victorious both times in thrilling fashion.
The Hawks turned to their senior workhorse Joey Cominsky, who is a Pittsburgh commit. Meanwhile, the Saints opted to go with Matt Dekker, who had missed the previous game against Hamburg with an ankle injury.
The Saints were able to jump on the Hawks early, as a hard hit ball by Nick Perelli resulted in an error that scored Josh Mendenhall. After a Will Budock double, Franklin Ramirez was able to single home a pair of runs, giving BC a 3-0 lead midway through the first. The Hawks would get two hits in the first inning, but Franklin Ramirez gunned down a runner at the plate to end the inning, keeping Hamburg off the board.
The Saints would add two more runs in the 2nd inning, after Pop Lacey doubled home Marcos Vazquez, and Josh Mendenhall brought Lacey home on a single. Midway through the 2nd inning, the Saints found themselves in control with a 5-0 advantage.
The Hawks would get on the board with a run in the bottom of the 2nd, as Joey Cominsky came around to score on a throwing error. After two innings, the Saints held a 5-1 lead.
The Saints would once again score in the 3rd inning, as an Austin Zientek blooper to left found a hole, giving Berks Catholic a 6-1 lead.
The score would remain 6-1 until the bottom of the 6th, as Cominsky settled in for the Hawks. Hamburg would get a run on a Kyle Nye sacrifice fly in the home half of the 6th, cutting the lead to 6-2.
The Hawks would load up the bases in the bottom of the 7th, with one out and their star Joey Cominsky at the plate. However, Dekker was able to strike out Cominsky and Austin Bashore to end the rally and the game.
The Saints will play Governor Mifflin on Monday night for a shot at Wednesday’s BCIAA title game.
The Saints were led offensively by senior Josh Mendenhall, who had 3 hits, an RBI, and a run scored.
Matt Dekker pitched a complete game to earn the win and struck out 8 Hawks.
For the Hawks, catcher Jordan Youndt went 4-for-4.