Berea, Oho - After his Wildcats saw their four-game winning streak come to an end, Saint Ignatius Head Coach Brad Ganor reminded his team that it played some really solid baseball during what was a four games in four days stretch this past week.
Coach Ganor urged his 'Cats to focus on the impressive victories over Massillon Washington, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin and Strongsville, and not to dwell on what took place Saturday afternoon at Fisher Field.
In a game that was almost as miserable as the weather from Saint Ignatius' point of view, the Blue Devils from Brunswick put together what has to go down as one of the most productive innings by an opponent in the rich history of Wildcats Baseball.
Sending 21 batters to the plate in the top of the third inning, a frame that lasted more than 50 minutes, Brunswick scored 14 runs and went on to a five-inning, OHSAA run-rule deficit victory over Saint Ignatius, 21-8.
The now 6-3 Wildcats took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, only to watch the Blue Devils of Head Coach Grant Relic, who are also 6-3, respond with four runs in the top of the second.
The big blow in the top of the second inning was a bases-loaded, two-run single delivered from Brunswick senior right fielder Jared Vance.
After a run-scoring single courtesy of Saint Ignatius' endless energy junior second baseman AJ Gaich cut the deficit to 4-3 in the bottom of the second, it was Katy Bar The Door.
With a cold and persistent rain swirling around Baldwin Wallace University's Fisher Field, Brunswick combined numerous walks, a couple of wild pitches, a passed ball and some timely hitting into an 18-3 lead entering the bottom of the third inning.
Saint Ignatius, which will now turn its attention to Tuesday's 5 PM matchup with archrival St. Edward at Fisher Field, closed to 18-6 by scoring three times in the bottom of the third.
Senior catcher/co-Captain Drew Asadorian highlighted the bottom of the third with a line-drive, two-run single, but the Wildcats were unable to do further damage in that inning after loading the bases with one out.
Brunswick would tack on two more runs in the top of the fourth and a one-out triple off the bat of Saint Ignatius senior first baseman JJ Conway was the bright spot for the Wildcats in the bottom of the fourth.
Saint Ignatius was retired in order in the bottom of the fifth and final frame.
The official home team line score on the game from Wildcats super stats man Seamus Hough was 21-14-4 for Brunswick and 8-4-1 for Saint Ignatius.
After Tuesday's encounter with the Eagles from St. Edward, who are under the direction of former Saint Ignatius and Miami of Ohio standout pitcher Matt Rosinski, the Wildcats will make the short trip to Progressive Field on Friday for a 5:30 PM matchup with the Kenston Bombers in the annual Cleveland Indians Charities High School Hardball Classic.
On Saturday, the Baseball Cats travel to Olentangy Liberty for a doubleheader versus Grove City and Liberty at times to be announced.
Have a Blessed and wonderful Sunday and note that this corner will kick up some Diamond Dust again with a look at the upcoming week in Wildcats Varsity Baseball.