May 7, 2013
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College baseball team scored 10 unanswered runs in the final three innings to beat Illinois Valley 11-3 in seven innings in the opening round of the Region IV tournament Tuesday at the William “Bill” Hungate Baseball/Softball Complex.
Winners of 10 of their last 11, the Chargers (25-23) advance to this weekend’s round-robin, double-elimination sectional with Elgin and Kankakee. Sandburg will face Elgin at 9 a.m. Saturday and Kankakee at 3 p.m. Saturday. The tournament will conclude Sunday.
Trailing 3-1 in the fifth, the Chargers went ahead for good with a four-run frame. Sandburg tied it when two runners scored after the Eagles threw away Brett Martinez’s sacrifice bunt, and Martinez plated the go-ahead run when Josh Wade followed with a single.
“Today went about how I thought it would go,” Chargers coach T.J. Lindburg said. “We came out a little tight, but our guys really came through when we needed them to.”
Wade’s sacrifice bunt in the sixth led to a throwing error that scored two more runs for the Chargers, and he came home on a squeeze bunt by Billy King. Sandburg added three more in the seventh, with King’s RBI single ending the game because of the eight-run rule.
Wade finished 3 for 5 with two runs and two RBIs out of the leadoff spot to lead a 14-hit attack for the Chargers. Connor Shaw added a pair of hits, two runs and two driven in.
Jeff Trokey went the distance on the mound for Sandburg, allowing three earned runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and a pair of walks. The right-hander retired 10 of the last 11 men he faced.
“Jeff did a really nice job once he got settled in,” Lindburg said. “He came up with a big performance for us.”
The Chargers swept all five meetings with IVCC this season, winning by a combined score of 53-25.
Carl Sandburg College’s Connor Shaw, right, is congratulated by teammate Josh Wade as they cross the plate during the Chargers' 11-3 win over IVCC on Tuesday afternoon at the William "Bill" Hungate Baseball/Softball Complex. (Bill Gaither/Carl Sandburg College)