Carriel Baseball wins regional championship

O’FALLON – The Carriel Cougars won their second consecutive regional championship and sixth in ten years as they defeated their cross town rival Fulton Jr High by a score of 6-3. 

This was the third meeting this year between the two teams as Carriel had defeated Fulton in the finals of the Matt Seipp Classic and once during the regular season. Andrew Barbee gave up three runs on only four hits and was able to get the win with relief help from Garrett Shearer. 

The Cougars plated three runs in the first inning. Jack Jack Twenhafel led off with a walk and after a Barbee single, Deatherage hit a triple to drive in the first two runs. Zach Horsens would then follow with an RBI groundout for the third run of the inning. The Cougars would go on to score three more runs and play excellent defense in the championship victory. Barbee had three hits and scored two runs and Xavier Deatherage had two hits and scored two runs and Haidyn McGill also added two hits in the victory.  

The Cougars reached the championship game by disposing of conference rival Collinsville by a score of 2-0. Haidyn Mcgill pitched a complete game shutout and only one runner reached second base for the Trailblazers. Xavier Deatherage and Zach Horsens each collected two hits in the tightly contested battle.

With the two victories in the regional, the Cougars were able to set a school record for wins. Carriel is currently riding an 11 game win streak and has an overall record of 17-3. Carriel also won the Tri-County Conference.

The Cougars now advance to the first round of the state tournament which will be held on Sept 29th in Centralia.