On Thursday night the Regents hosted Beloit Memorial — a team hungry for a win.
And for a while there, it looked like they might get one.
Beloit’s starter kept the Regent bats quiet through the first three innings, allowing no hits — while Beloit’s offense picked up a run in the first and third innings.
But the momentum began to shift in the bottom of the fourth, when Barret Page and John James hit back-to-back singles, igniting the Regents’ offense. Barret put the first run on the board for the Regents after Kai Westring drew a bases-loaded walk.
In the bottom of the fifth, Alex Brown drew a walk, stole second, moved to third on a single by Jake Fleischman, and then stole home while Jake stole second. Jake took third on a sacrifice bunt by Matt Ohm and scored on a hard hit ball by Kasey Kuchenbecker that was mishandled in the field. This brought up John, who hit a chopper through the legs of Beloit’s shortstop, bringing Kasey home.
At the end of five, the Regents had the lead at 4-2.
But Beloit answered with two runs in the top of the sixth to make it a 4-4 tie — and Beloit’s pitcher silenced the Regent bats with a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the sixth.
With the game still tied in the bottom of the seventh, Jake stepped up to the plate and belted a monster triple to right — and then Simon Rosenblum-Larson smacked a line-drive single to center to score Jake and win the game.
On the mound, Regent pitching once again impressed as Jake kept West in the ballgame, allowing just three earned runs through 5 2/3 innings and making two fielding plays from the mound that could have been a clinic on how to handle the comebacker.
With two out in the top of the sixth, Joe Trier came in to close — retiring the last four batters on just six pitches to pick up his third win of the week.
West pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Fleischman (5.2-6-3-2-1), Trier (W; 1.1-0-0-0-0)
Next up: the Regents host DeForest in a non-conference matchup on Saturday.