VANDALIA — Northmont Storm defeated Vandalia on Sunday and Miami East on Monday at 6 p.m. to earn the right to face Versailles at 8 p.m. at Butler High School, a team that had not lost a single game in the ACME District 7 district double elimination tournament.
The Storm came out swinging hot bats to hand Versailles an 11-1 run rule defeat in 5 innings. Now both teams will face each other on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at The Yard at Northmont High School in the district championship game to determine which team will advance to the state tournament.
Northmont pitcher Reagan Schommer limited Versailles to five hits and one earned run to help lift the Storm to victory.
Austin Weaver went 2 for 2 with two runs and one RBI and Adam Bendinelli went 2 for 4 with one run and two RBI to lead the Northmont offense. Logan Jewsikow went 1 for 2 with two runs and one RBI. Will Miller and Jon Eber also went 1 for 2 with one RBI each.
“I tell you what, we did like we did the other night. We hit the ball real well tonight and Schommer came in to pitch an awesome game,” said Storm Coach Dan Tanto. “We had good pitching and when you have good hitting and your defense is rock solid, then you increase your chances of winning baseball games.”
Northmont jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning. Edward Hardaway led off with a walk and Adam Bendinelli singled to left. Logan Jewsikow belted a double to deep left field to score Hardaway and Austin Weaver reached on an infield hit to load the bases. Ryan Tanto hit a grounder to short and a wild throw to the plate allowed Bendinelli to score. Will Miller hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Jewsikow and Weaver scored on a wild pitch to give the Storm a 4-0 lead.
Northmont added a run in the top of the 2nd when Hardaway drew another walk and stole second. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Bendinelli.
Versailles got its lone run in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Noah Richard drew a lead-off walk but got forced out at second when Elliott Bruns hit into a 4-6 fielder’s choice. Conner Van Skyock drew a walk and Brayden Robinson drew a walk to load the bases. Matthew Niekamp got hit by a pitch to score Bruns but Schommer ended the inning by getting Ethan Kremer to hit into a 4-6 force out at second.
The Storm got six runs in the top of the 4th inning to put the game away. Jewsikow got hit by pitch and scored on a single by Weaver, who also stole second base. Tanto singled to left to score Weaver and Miller laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Tanto to second. Schommer got hit by pitch and Combs drew a walk to load the bases. Jon Eber singled to score Tanto and Hardaway launched a sacrifice fly to center to score Schommer. Combs stole third and scored on a wild pitch. Bendinelli belted a double to drive-in Eber to give the Storm an 11-1 lead.
Schommer sealed the victory by striking out two in the bottom of the 4th and allowing only an infield hit in the bottom of the 5th. Originally scheduled for Tuesday, now the two teams will square off Wednesday at 6 p.m. to determine which team advances to state tournament play.
Reach Ron Nunnari at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@AimMediaMidwest.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind