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Southern Tier Sports Report
AURORA — Down 3-0 the Notre Dame baseball team fought their way back, and took the game to nine innings, before eventually falling 6-5 to Dryden in the IAC title game.

“Boys fought hard and came back from a 3-0 deficit early,” Notre Dame coach Brad Bellinger said. “Had the lead late into the seventh and they rallied to tie it. They came up with the big hit that we couldn’t.

“I was pretty proud of the way Luke Richards, a freshman, pitched in pressure situations. That’s tough, and he did a great job. This game made us better and we look forward to sectionals. We wanted that game bad, but we still have a crack at it (in sectionals).”

Dryden struck first in the opening inning as Nolein Weik had a lead-off single and he scored on a Connor Boothroyd double. Boothroyd scored on a single by Ryan Wiser and Wiser scored on a wild pitch.

In the bottom of the first inning Notre Dame went to work as Dryden had an error on a popup by Steven Gough, scoring Jahmeire Keyser and Owen Stewart scored on a passed ball.

Notre Dame took the lead in the bottom of the third as Keyser and Stewart each had base hits to lead off the inning and Gough delivers a deep drive for a two-run double.

The Crusaders added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth inning as Gough again came up clutch, driving home Stewart with a two-out single.

Three outs away from the game ending the Dryden baseball team fought back. Boothroyd and Mitch Shipman had back-to-back singles and Boothroyd scored on a wild pitch and Shipman scored on a groundout by Nathaniel Poole.

Boothroyd then set the Crusaders down in order in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings.

In the top of the eighth Dryden got a runner to second, but couldn’t score. In the bottom of the eighth Notre Dame got a one-out walk, but left the runner stranded.

Dryden won it in the top of the seventh when Colton Daw drew a one-out walk and stole second. He reached third on a wild pitch and scored on a Poole groundout.

Colton Dow set the Crusaders down in order in the bottom of the ninth as Dryden came away with the win.

It was a strong game for Gough at the plate as he had two hits, with a double, and three RBI. On the mound Gough went 6 2/3 innings, striking out five.

Richards went 2 1/3 innings in relief, allowing just one hit and one unearned run, striking out two.

Stewart had two hits, with three runs scored and Keyser had two hits and scored two runs.

Nick Lisi had a double in the game.

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