May 21st, 2019

DeSales wins 22nd District

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


DeSales wins 22nd District
DeSales defeated Butler to win 22nd District / photo by Cheryl Blair

With a young starting lineup featuring five sophomores, DeSales coach Tim Sievert worried he might have made the Colts regular schedule too tough. The Colts played 11 of the top 25 teams in the final Kentucky Coaches Poll.

The tough schedule helped prepare the Colts for the post season as DeSales edged host Butler 4-2 in the championship game of the 22nd District, Monday.

DeSales (13-20) lost nine of its last 10 regular season games. Some of those loses included Bullitt East, defending state champion St. Xavier, Male, Trinity, Lexington Catholic and Oldham County. The Colts also lost early in the season to Pleasure Ridge Park and Central Hardin also ranked.

"Our kids never quit," said Sievert. "When you lose its easy to quit. They think they can win. They've really bought in. Our kids have been playing with a lot of confidence."

Wins have been tough to come by the last two weeks. Monday's win wasn't easy.

Senior Garrett Mathews (3-6) pitched what Sievert called his best game of the season. Mathews, who has signed with Spalding University pitched 5 1/3 innings allowing five hits, one earned run, and walking one.

Mathews had 10 strikeouts including seven of the first eight batters he faced. "His last four outings have been good," said Sievert. "His fastball was really good and his curve and change up were good today."

The Colts led 1-0 scoring in the first inning. Mathews came to the plate in the fourth and delivered a two run single scoring Jayden Scroggins and Shane Tinsley for a 3-0 lead. Drew Smith and Scorggins also had run scoring hits in the game.

"We had struggled with the bats," said Sievert. "We had eight solid hits. Garrett had a big hit. All of our runs came with two outs."

Mathews threw 94 pitches, 61 for strikes. Sievert replaced Mathews with one out in the sixth after Butler cut the lead to 4-2. Noah Brite (5-1) earned his first save. But not before some anxious moments.

Brite got the final five outs. With a Butler runner on base, Brite induced the final Butler batter to line out ending the game

"Absolutely, I was holding my breath," said Sievert who is in his first season as a head coach after a lengthy stint as the Colts pitching coach.

Mathews, Brite and Bassett were named to the post season All-District team. It was the fourth time in the last five years the Colts have won the district.

DeSales, who lost to Butler 14-3 on April 9, will host a Sixth Region Tournament game at home, Saturday at 11a.m. Butler (18-14) will have to go on the road to play its first regional game.

"We really love playing at home on the turf," said Sievert. "We don't have to leave and travel."

If DeSales wins they would advance to the regional semifinals Sunday at Jim Patterson Stadium with the championship game on Monday.

"We didn't want to lose those early games, but we used them as practice games," said Sievert. "We start the new season 2-0. These guys have really, really grown up. We've got a group of good leaders. They understand."

Understanding a tough schedule can make you better.


 

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