Indians drop heartbreaker to Decatur in SAC baseball title contest
That’s all that stood between the Saugatuck baseball team and a win over a Decatur squad ranked second in Division 4 and the overall SAC championship that would come with it.
Decatur’s Matt Botti had other ideas.
Botti hit a two-run homer off Indian ace Blake Dunn with two outs in the top of the seventh, knotting the score at 4-4. The Raiders went on to score two more runs an inning later to claim the 6-4 victory.
Dunn pitched all eight innings, allowing 10 hits to go with two walks and six strikeouts in suffering the loss.
“It was a crusher,” Saugatuck coach Dave Gawlak said of the Botti home run. “It wasn’t in any of our thoughts at the moment. That was a clutch hit by Botti. I should have called a time out before Botti’s at-bat.”
Saugatuck earned its spot in the league title game thanks to its 10-0 mark in the SAC North, while Decatur had an identical mark in the SAC South.
And while Gawlak obviously would have liked to add overall conference champions to his team’s list of accomplishments, he was far from disappointed with his players’ effort.
This is an impressive group of young men, to say the least,” he said. “They don’t fear a thing and walk into a game understanding what it takes to get the job done. I’m proud of them for what they’ve done this year.”
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