While a senior was on the pitching mound throwing another commanding game, a freshman batter helped St. Georges Tech win the A.I. duPont tournament championship.
Freshman infielder Sean McGrath’s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth was the winner as the Hawks outlasted St. Elizabeth’s 2-1 Saturday afternoon, running their record to 6-1 on the season.
“I talk to him about maturity over age and he’s just a great kid,” Hawks coach Jeff Rodgers said. “He and his older brother Danny are just two great student athletes.”
“Their pitcher was tired. He was throwing a lot of pitches and he was rattled by our bench getting fired up,” McGrath said. “He just left one over the plate.”
Before McGrath’s clutch hit, Hawks senior Nick Hainsworth and St. E’s sophomore Jared Harrison engaged in a pitcher’s duel, both pitchers going the game’s distance.
Hainsworth hit two batters in the sixth inning during an seven-batter frame for the Vikings to allow the tying run across, but other than that, he was dominant, striking out seven batters and allowing just the one run.
“He was a workhorse for us today,” Rodgers said. “I think anybody who’s a Delaware baseball fan who came to watch this game today has to put Nick Hainsworth in the conversation for one of the best pitchers in the state.”
Harrison was every bit as good, going eight strong innings before third baseman Andrew Wolfe worked a lead-off walk and gave way to pinch runner Chandler Foulk. Foulk advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Nicholas Dooley.
After Danny McGrath flied out to left, younger brother Sean looped a single into center field, allowing Foulk to score easily and give St. Georges the tournament title.
Next up for the Hawks is the annual Stenta Cup at Frawley stadium next weekend. The tournament, named after former Howard High principal and NCC Vo-Tech administrator Dr. Henry Stenta, will feature each team from the local vocational schools as well as Polytech.
“We want to win that tournament for our juniors and seniors because it’s always good to beat your rivals,” McGrath said.
“The Stenta Cup is special to me because I played in it and coached in it when I was at Delcastle,” Rodgers said. “It’s great that all the Vo-Tech schools get to play each other.”
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