by Calli Townsend
Levi Bean threw an excellent shutout for the St. Clair 11U baseball team en route to a 13-0 victory over Plymouth-Canton on Monday morning.
After two big losses on Saturday and Sunday, St. Clair’s chances of moving on to bracket play looked slim. Head coach Steve Fiscelli said the Saints would need a bit of luck to happen, and they found that in today’s last round of pool play.
With St. Clair’s hot bats that scored 13 runs and a sharp defense that gave up zero, it put them in contention to advance.
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“We got a little lucky, we actually made it to the quarterfinal tomorrow,” Fiscelli said. “We needed a lot of luck and I guess luck was on our side today. We needed to pitch a shutout, which we did, and then we needed one of the other teams to give up 24 runs and they gave up 27, so that’s how we are still in it.”
Fiscelli said the boys were able to turn around and play with more energy and focus to snag the victory.
“They’re 11 and I think they’re able to easily forget things. Some days their minds are in it and some days they’re not, and they were there today. Age is a large factor in it,” Fiscelli said. “They were probably coming from 0-2 and not thinking we had much of a chance to go to bracket play, they probably played a lot looser and freer and just let it happen.”
Things looked good for St. Clair from the start. Bean threw two quick strikeouts followed by Plymouth-Canton’s third batter who grounded out to second base. The Saints’ lineup fired back with a pair of singles and a walk to score the first run to take a lead they would never give back.
They scored three in the first and second innings and rallied for seven in the third, including a double by Collin Lum which scored Griffin Kreger.
The Saints combined for 13 team hits on the day and three walks to score their 13 runs. Austin Fiscelli and Kreger each had three, and Lum chipped in with two.
Bean threw all four innings with seven strikeouts, giving up two walks and two hits.
“He is our number one pitcher, he’s our ace,” Fiscelli said. “He had it today. He was hitting his spot and pitching his off-seam pitches. He got a lot of swings and misses and when their kids did put the ball in play, we made plays today. It was a solid team effort on what we needed and it was good for the boys.”
St. Clair will now play in the first round of bracket play at 4 p.m. Fiscelli said he and his players are excited for the opportunity to move on and keep their season alive.
“I’m relieved, it’s nice, and we’re excited,” Fiscelli said. “We’ll talk about it and be excited, but be under control so we can do what we need to do to play a competitive baseball game.”