The Summit Hill baseball
team capped off their 2013 season with a fourth place finish at the IESA
3A State Tournament at Eastside Centre in East Peoria.
After defeating Hickory Creek 9-8 in walk-off
fashion in a thrilling regional final, the Spartans shutout the Manteno
Panthers 3-0 in the sectional championship to advance to the Elite Eight.
In their Elite Eight contest, the Spartans squared off against an undefeated Mahomet-Seymour club. Summit Hill trailed 2-1 until the top of the
seventh inning when they pushed across four runs to take control of the
contest and earned the come from behind 5-2 victory.
The win advanced Summit Hill to the final four
where they played Coal City. Despite
many offensive opportunities, the Spartans could not get the key hit when
needed and fell to the Warriors by a final of 6-4.
The team found more offensive hardship in
the third place game as well, as the key hits continued to not come and they
fell to Mt. Zion by a final of 3-2.
Hill finished the 2013 campaign with an overall record of 18-6 on the season and this trip to state marked the sixth consecutive appearance in the Elite
Eight for the Summit Hill baseball program.
Members of the Summit Hill baseball team for 2013 were: Danny Zimmerman, Mason Keenan, Brendan Figus,
Matt Clark, Tyler Safarik, Max Cesario, Ethan Lambrigger, Julian Everett,
Cameron Lee, Michael Wallace, Max Malley, Ryan Ritter, Riley Boyter, Danny
Sajewski, Bryce Frederickson, Logan Anderson, Patrick Radecky, and Jared
Mutter. Statisticians for the 2013
season were Joe Frederickson and Brett King. The Spartans’ were coached by
Fred Pufahl and Michael Deutscher.