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State Baseball Notebook: Godfrey helps save the day for Providence

Updated: June 14, 2014 3:11PM



There’s no tomorrow. Providence coach Mark Smith would have preferred not to use Jake Godfrey on Friday because he was slated to start Saturday’s Class 4A state title game.

Prairie Ridge, however, forced Smith’s hand with a seventh-inning rally against starter Dylan Rosa.

Godfrey picked up the save, needing 19 pitches to preserve an 8-7 win.

“I didn’t want to use him, but we had to survive,” Smith said. “The coaches talked me into it. They said, ‘For us to see tomorrow, we have to win today.’ Here we are.”

Surprise party

Rosa said even he’s surprised Providence, which finished fifth in the Catholic League Blue, is one victory away from winning the Class 4A state championship.

“I had no idea we would be here right now,” Rosa said. “I’m being honest. We’ve kept getting big hits and it’s going our way right now.”

Pride of Elgin

St. Rita junior Tyler Halas had a little more reason to smile after his team’s 3-2 win over South Elgin on Friday.

Halas lives in Elgin and would have attended South Elgin if he chose to attend a public school.

“It’s pretty special,” said Halas, a third baseman/pitcher. “To come out here and compete against them.”

The Wright stuff

After allowing two runs in the top of the first inning to Metamora on Friday during Lemont’s Class 3A state semifinal game, pitcher Charlie Wright found himself in another jam in the second inning. Metamora had runners at first and third and no outs. However, Wright struck out the next two batters and picked off a runner at first to end the inning.

He then struck out the side in the third and retired eight in a row at one point.

“I’ve always had that (pickoff) move,” Wright said. “I was nervous early but getting those strikeouts helped me out a lot.”

Fair or foul?

Lemont catcher Mike Papierski lofted a towering fly ball in the sixth inning that was hugging the right-field foul pole, putting into question whether the drive was in fair or foul territory.

The ball dropped in fair territory, just beyond a sign promoting a local hot dog joint and out of the park for a home run. The dinger increased the Indians’ lead to 8-3.

While observing his blast, Papierski nearly passed teammate Ryan Folliard, who was tagging at first base just in case Metamora’s right fielder made the catch.

“Off the bat I wasn’t sure if it was going to get out,” said Papierski, an LSU recruit. “I didn’t know what was happening and I almost passed him (Folliard). The wind helped me out.”

Men in blue

There was some local flavor among the umpiring crews.

Andre Morgan worked the Class 3A semifinals, while Bobby Lau and Steve Besse worked the Class 4A semis.

Did you know?

St. Rita has won at least 30 games seven out of the past nine seasons.



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