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Baseball: Crete-Monee outlasts Rich Central

General McArthur Crete-Monee connects against Rich Central Crete-Monee Tuesday April 30th 2013 Crete. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media

General McArthur, of Crete-Monee, connects against Rich Central at Crete-Monee, Tuesday, April 30th, 2013, in Crete. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 2, 2013 6:26AM



With the wind blowing out, Tuesday’s Southland Conference showdown between Rich Central and Crete-Monee figured to be an exciting one.

It was that — and more.

In a game that featured five lead changes, a determined Crete-Monee team registered a 13-9 win over Rich Central in Crete.

“This might be the most fun I’ve had at a game in a long time,” said Crete-Monee coach Gene Cahan, whose team improved to 15-3, 9-0. “Both good clubs, with good offenses.”

The teams combined for 22 runs, 27 hits and 238 pitches in the game.

Amazingly, both teams relied on their starting pitchers to go the distance. Crete-Monee ace Kyle Bumpass improved to 4-1, scattering 11 hits, two walks and striking out one during a 120-pitch performance.

His counterpart, Rich Central’s Jake McCabe, allowed 17 hits, two walks and struck out four. McCabe pitched through a 12-batter first inning and an 11-batter sixth.

“We’ve played so many games in a row, we were thin on pitching,” said Rich Central coach Corey Stallings, whose team fell to 15-3, 8-1. “We told McCabe before the game that this is your game.”

The Warriors trailed 9-8 in the sixth inning before erupting for five runs. McCabe walked Bumpass with the bases loaded to force in a run to tie the game, and Donte Richie followed with a single to give the Warriors a 10-9 advantage.

The hosts tacked on three more runs, highlighted by General McArthur’s two-run double. McArthur was 4-for-4 with five RBI.

“That at-bat was by far the most focused I’ve ever been,” McArthur said. “I knew we had to put up more runs.”

The Warriors jumped on McCabe for seven runs in the first. McArthur and Chris Cockle each drove in two runs each in the frame and Bumpass added an RBI single. The Warriors had eight hits in the inning, but it was a big Olympians error with two outs and the score tied at 2 that proved lethal.

Rich Central chipped away against Bumpass, cutting the deficit to 7-3 on a third-inning RBI single by Nolan Bullock (3-for-3, 2 RBI). The Olympians tied the game in the fifth. Bullock drove in one run with a double, with the big blow coming off the bat of Demetrius Todd, who cranked a three-run homer to left that tied the game at 7.

The Warriors regained the lead in their half of the fifth when Logan Kent doubled and scored on McArthur’s single for an 8-7 advantage.

Back came Rich Central, in the sixth. A sacrifice fly by David Dugger tied the game and an error by the Warriors allowed McCabe (3-for-4, RBI) to score for a 9-8 lead.

“The offense and defense got the job done (Tuesday),” Bumpass said. “When they tied the game up, I knew the guys would come through.”

Malik McNeal (3-for-5) and Calvin Smith (2-for-4) also contributed for the Warriors.



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