South Bend, Indiana – After winning both of its games on the Saturday of the South Bend EBT Fall Classic Tournament, the bad news on Sunday was that the iCASE Huskies offense took a day off, losing 9-1 to the Michigan Scrappers in the morning, and then 6-1 in a closer-than-the-score-indicated late-afternooner.
The good news was that the University of Notre Dame baseball program welcomed the iCASE players to observe an intersquad game, followed by Fighting Irish coach Adam Pavkovich giving the team an inside tour of the facilities and addressing the team in regards to what it takes to reach their level.
See/hear some clips of Adam Pavkovich’s discussion with the iCASE team: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqXMe6o2mGY
“Adam’s discussion with the players was simply outstanding. He answered every question we had, and really hammered the importance of hitting the books, staying well-rounded, the necessity of putting in the work, and controlling the controllable,” said iCASE field manager/GM Tom Valcke.
“We stress the same messages and priorities, but for the boys to hear it from a coach of Adam’s stature, from one of the top collegiate programs in the US, was invaluable,” said iCASE field manager/GM Tom Valcke.
On the field, Colton Stewart, Jacob Babstock and Yanik Leroux shared the mound duties in the morning game while the only iCASE run crossed the plate in the fourth inning, when Even Lindsay led off with a double, and was brought home on Colton Gill’s single to left.
In the nightcap, Nick Lannutti game up a three-run homerun in the first inning, but buckled down as iCASE threatened each inning but struggled searching for hits with runners in scoring position. Chris Iltshishin singled to right in the third and was plated by Lindsay’s double to the left field gap to narrow the lead to 3-1. Iltshishin, Ricardo Suarez and Nick Feren relieved and got out of repeated jams to keep the gap at two, but the Chargers pulled off a daring suicide squeeze in the sixth, with runners on second and third, whereby the runner at second broke early (Feren delivered from a full-wind up), and was already rounding third as the clutch bunt was placed beautifully between Feren and iCASE third baseman Iltshishin. Had the batter not come through, the rally would have been snuffed, but the gutsy play broke the game open, and iCASE was unable to recover. Cam McDougall, Brady Schnarr and Iltshishin each had a pair of base hits for iCASE.
The Huskies Fall record fell to 7-5, with the next action coming on the October 4-5 weekend when they visit Michigan’s Madonna University and Henry Ford College.