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St. Thomas' Thomas does in Warhawks

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Tim Wester
May 20, 2012
— UW-Whitewater coach John Vodenlich debated intentionally walking St. Thomas’ all-conference hitter Dylan Thomas with two runners on and one out and the Tommies leading 7-5 in the seventh inning Saturday afternoon.

But instead of going with the intentional walk, Vodenlich choose to “carefully” pitch to Thomas.


The gamble turned into a Thomas three-run homer over the right-center field wall that proved to be the fatal shot in Whitewater’s 10-6 loss to St. Thomas (38-8) in the NCAA Division 3 Midwest Regional final.


Thomas, who also blasted a two-run homer earlier in the game, propelled the Tommies into the NCAA Division III College World Series and ended Whitewater’s (34-17) season.


“My assistant coaches talked about walking him, but sometimes when you intentionally walk someone of four pitches, it’s hard to get back centered throwing strikes” Vo denlich said. “The ball was supposed to be a foot off the dish (plate) and it turns out it was six inches off the dish and instead of being down, it was up and he (Thomas) hammered it. In hindsight, which is what this game is all about, I should have intentionally walked him.”


The frustrating ending overshadowed the Warhawks 6-5 victory of St. Scholastica in their first game of the day and their five-run fifth inning against St. Thomas that saw Whitewater grab a 5-4 lead.


Jared Fon’s two-run homer and Ryan Leavitt’s RBI double helped the Warhawks take full advantage of poor St. Thomas defense that led to the five-run outburst.


But the Warhawk pitchers ran into trouble from there and were victimized by a pair of Thomas home runs.


“We were a little concerned when Whitewater took the lead 5-4,” Thomas said. “But we just kept saying there was plenty of game left and we made plays.”


“Obviously Thomas was most of our offense today,” Tommies’ coach Chris Olean said. “There was a situation where they had a base open and they tried to get Thomas to chase, but he had the big hit.


St. Thomas had plenty of big hits early in the game en route to a 4-0 lead behind RBIs from Jack Hogan, Tim Kuzniar, and Charles Bruchu.


The Tommies powerful offense never really let up from there and carried them to victory and berth in the College World Series.


“The great thing about winning the Midwest Regional is if you can get out of this regional you have a great chance of winning the national championship because this regional is unbelievably good every year.”


This season the Tommies were the best team in the Midwest Regional.


n UW-Whitewater 6, St. Scholastica 5—UW-Whitewater jumped out to a 6-2 lead and held on from there for a 6-5 victory over St. Scholastica in the first game of the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional here Saturday afternoon.


The Saints, who were eliminated by the Warhawks in the Midwest Regional here last season, left 15 men on base including two in eighth inning when they had runners on first and third with nobody out.


Andrew Bauer and David Cladis each drove in a pair of runs for the Warhawks to help starting pitcher Michael Huckabay earn the victory.


Saints freshman starting pitcher Mickie Keuning took the loss, allowing five runs in five innings.


UW-WHITEWATER 6, ST. SCHOLASTICA 5


UW-Whitewater (ab-r-h-rbi)—Beyer, lf, 5-0-1-0; Friend, cf, 4-1-1-0; Fon, 3b, 4-2-2-1; Herum, 1b, 5-0-2-0; Leavitt, dh, 4-2-2-0; Bauer, rf, 3-0-1-2; Bartlein, ss, 1-1-0-0; Wessels, ss, 0-0-0-0; Egnarski, c, 3-0-0-1; Cladis, 2b, 3-0-1-2. Totals: 32-6-10-6.


Saint Scholastica (ab-r-h-rbi)—Olson, 2b, 5-0-2-0; Jensen, dh, 3-1-0-0; Flagstad, cf, 4-0-1-0; Moody, c, 5-1-2-1; Casareto, ss, 4-2-2-1; Juberian, rf, 3-1-1-0; Peterson, lf, 5-0-2-1; Hietpas, 3b, 3-0-0-0; Kusch, ph, 0-0-0-0; O’Neill, pr, 0-0-0-0; Schwantes, 1b, 5-0-1-2. Totals: 37-5-11-5.


UW-Whitewater 010 220 100—6


Saint Scholastica 010 100 210—5


E—Friend, Herum. DP—Whitewater 2, Saint Scholastica 1. LOB—Whitewater 8, Saint Scholastica 15. 2B—Fon, Leavitt 2, Cladis, Olson, Moody, Juberian, Peterson. Sac—Bauer. SF—Egnarski.


UW-Whitewater IP H R ER BB SO


Huckabay (W, 3-1) 6 9 4 4 5 5


Larsen 1 1 1 1 3 1


Zander 1.2 1 0 0 1 1


Schmitz 0.1 0 0 0 0 1


Saint Scholastica


Keuning 5 6 5 5 4 1


Grieger (L, 5-1) 1.1 3 1 1 1 2


Rogers 2.2 1 0 0 0 0


Time—2:34. Attendance—278.


ST. THOMAS 10, UW-WHITEWATER 6


UW-Whitewater (ab-r-h-rbi)—Beyer, lf, 5-0-0-0; friend, cf, 4-1-3-1; Fon, 3b, 5-1-2-2; Herum, 1b, 5-1-1-0; Leavitt, dh, 4-1-2-1; Bauer, rf, 5-0-0-0; Bartlein, ss, 3-0-1-0; Gonzalez, ph, 1-1-1-0; Wessels, ss, 1-0-0-0; Egnarski, c, 4-1-2-1; Cladis, 2b, 4-0-1-0. Totals: 41-6-13-5.


St. Thomas (ab-r-h-rbi)—Hogan, cf, 4-1-2-1; Kuzniar, lf, 4-1-2-2; Bruchu, 3b, 5-2-3-1; Thomas, dh, 3-2-2-5; dorgan, c, 3-0-0-0; D. Reichert, 1b, 4-0-2-0; N. Reichert, rf, 3-0-0-0; Means, ph, 1-0-0-0; Gerber, rf, 1-0-0-0; Miller, 2b, 5-3-3-0; Kinsel, ss, 3-1-1-0. Totals: 36-10-15-9.


UW-Whitewater 000 050 010—6


St. Thomas 011 202 40x—10


E—Beyer, Bartlein, Hogan, Kinsel. DP—WW 1. LOB—WW 10, ST 10. 2B—Herum, Leavitt, Gonzalez, Kuzniar 2. HR—Fon, Thomas 2. SF—Kuzniar. B—Bruchu 2, Dorgan, Miller.


UW-Whitewater IP H R ER BB SO


Leitner 3 6 4 2 3 3


Mortensen (L, 0-1)2.2 5 2 2 0 2


Larsen .1 1 1 1 1 0


Grove .1 2 2 2 0 0


Schmitz 1.2 1 1 1 0 3


St. Thomas IP H R ER BB SO


Gapinski 4.2 8 4 0 0 2


Dominik .1 1 1 0 0 0


Danczyk (W, 2-1) 2 1 0 0 0 1


Maher 2 3 1 1 1 2


HBP—by Larson (dorgan), by Danczyk (Leavitt). PB—Egnarski.


Time—2:41. Attendance—368.


2012 NCAA Division III Midwest Regional


All-Tournament Team


1. Brett VanAsdlen—Aurora


2. Andy Schwantes—St. Scholastica


3. Thomas Rogers—St. Scholastica


4. Parker Olson—St. Scholastica


5. Jared Fon—UW-Whitewater


6. Eric Schmitz—UW-Whitewater


7. Ryan Leavitt—UW-Whitewater


8. J.D. Dorgan—St. Thomas


9. Charles Bruchu—St. Thomas


10.Bryce Gapinski—St. Thomas


11.Dylan Thomas—St. Thomas, Most Outstanding Player



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