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Concord edges Warsaw for first baseball sectional title since 2009

The Minutemen will meet Lake Central in the first semifinal at the LaPorte Regional on Saturday, June 7.

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 10:14 p.m.

ELKHART — Concord collected its first Elkhart Sectional baseball championship since 2009 on Monday, June 2, and the game was a nail-biter.

The Minutemen (15-15) edged Warsaw 2-1 to earn a spot in the LaPorte Regional on Saturday, June 7, by getting gutty pitching and timely hits.

Concord wriggled out of a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the sixth and went on to hoist the trophy.

Brenden Curry relieved starter Nick DeFreese with two runners on, walked the first batter he faced then got a strikeout, force out and strikeout with the infield and the outfield pulled in.

"That was obviously the turning point," said Minutemen coach Jim Treadway.

Curry, a semifinal winner on Saturday, May 31, against Northridge, retired three of four batters in the seventh to earn a save and DeFreese got the victory.

Warsaw's Justin Oberlin led off the game with a double, went to third base on Ethan Bradley's sacrifice bunt and scored on Caleb Heckaman's single.

Concord answered in the bottom of the first. With two outs, DeFreese rapped a single and scored on Curry's double.

In the Minutemen second, Jake Vernon socked a lead-off triple and pinch-runner Trevor Wilmore trotted home on Brett Austin's single.

Warsaw starter Tyler LaFollette gave up just four hits. The Tigers finished 11-16.

4A Elkhart Sectional

Championship

Concord 2, Warsaw 1

Warsaw 100 000 0 — 1 6 0

Concord 110 000 x — 2 4 0

Tyler LaFollette (L) and Peter Shepherd; Nick DeFreese (W), Brenden Curry (6, S) and Jake Vernon.

Warsaw: Hits — Ethyn Bradley 3. 2B — Justin Oberlin. RBI — Caleb Heckaman. Run — Oberlin.

Concord: 3B — Vernon. 2B — Curry. RBI — Curry, Brett Austin. Runs — DeFreese, Trevor Wilmore. U — Scott Siler, plate; Rob Bjorkland, first base; Harold Gingerich, third base. T — 2:01.

Records: Concord 15-15, Warsaw 11-16.

Next: Lake Central vs. Concord, Chesterton winner (Portage vs. Hobart) vs. Plymouth winner (SB Clay vs. Penn), 11:30 a.m. ET and following Saturday, June 7; 8 p.m. ET Championship.

 




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