ST. CHARLES – At first, it looked as if the St. Charles baseball teams would have a short afternoon Friday.
The teams resumed a scoreless game suspended by rain in the fifth inning from May 2, and East scratched out a run in the top of the seventh for a 1-0 lead, and was one strike away from a victory when North tied the game.
The Saints needed three more innings to beat the pesky North Stars, 3-1, in 10 innings. The victory earned East (22-10, 19-6) a slice of the Upstate Eight River Conference River crown. The Saints are sharing the top spot with Batavia, which clinched its piece of the crown Thursday.
Both teams resumed the game with different pitchers than they used earlier this month.
The Saints’ Joe Hoscheit took over for Mike Boehmer, while North’s Frankie Farry took the hill in place of Sawyer Chambers.
East made the most of two hits that Farry surrendered.
Anthony Sciarrino opened the Saints’ seventh win a single. Catcher Adam Rojas moved him over to second with a sacrifice bunt, and Sciarrino advance to third on a passed ball.
Sciarrino was poised to tag up when the North Stars left fielder dropped Sean Dunn’s fly ball, allowing Sciarrino to easily score.
“We took advantage of that one mistake. I wasn’t sure if I was going to keep [Sciarrino] going.” Saints coach Len Asquini said of the play. “When the fielder dropped the ball, it made my decision easy.”
Hoscheit gave up a single to Cory Wright between two strikeouts in the bottom of the seventh. The senior got two quick strikes on Farry, the fourth hitter in the inning. After working the count to 2-2, Farry hit a single to left that scored Wright from second for the tying run. Hoscheit induced Kyle Khoury to ground out to shortstop to end the inning.
North coach Todd Genke saluted Farry’s effort.
“I give him a ton of credit for pitching. He hasn’t pitched in a while,” Genke said. “He took the ball and went out there and really did an awesome job for us, and then getting that big hit. That was huge.”
East regained the lead in the top of the 10th.
Jack Dellostritto opened the inning by getting hit by a Farry pitch. He stole second, advance to third on a groundout and scored on a passed ball.
Brian Sobieksi’s double to left-center, the only extra base hit of the game, scored Hoscheit, who was intentionally walked.
“We were so ready for this game. We got that run in the seventh and we were down to the last strike,” Hoscheit said. “Give them credit. They got a hit and scored that run. It was good to see our team come back after that.”
The host North Stars (15-17, 11-14) threatened again in the bottom of the 10th, loading the bases on walks.
Hoscheit (2-1) gave up the first two. The senior pitcher struck out nine batters.
“He found himself after giving up the walks to start game and then he threw well for us,” Asquini said. “He really battled.”
With two outs, East’s Troy Dykhuis replaced Hoscheit on the mound and walked the first batter he faced. He struck out Riley Coomes to end the threat and the game.
The North Stars scrapped a nonconference game with York to accommodate Friday’s rescheduled one with the Saints, which was going to be played only if it affected the conference championship.