Ryan Peltier was intentionally walked to set up a force, and Barhorst fell behind 0-2 in the count.
Chaminade Julienne senior Mark Barhorst talks about Thursday's 3-2 win over Badin in a Division II sectional final at Miamisburg's Toadvine Field.
“They just walked the guy before. That means, ‘Hey, I’ve got to step up and do it here,’ ” Barhorst said. “So I came up confident. I got down early, and at that point I was just like, ‘I can’t strike out here.’ I fouled one off the shin, so I was dealing with a little bit of pain in my shin. I just tried to do anything I could to hit it out there.”
Peltier pitched a six-hitter for second-seeded CJ (18-4). He earned all three wins in a sweep of the Rams this season.
Seth Klaiber threw six strong innings for 10th-seeded Badin (15-15), last year’s state runner-up. The junior right-hander gave up five hits, struck out five and didn’t allow an earned run.
“We were definitely prepared. I don’t think anyone works as hard as us out there,” Rams senior center fielder Gavin Matthews said. “We definitely have high standards, and this team will be back next year.
“I wouldn’t trade any of the memories that I’ve made with those 27 guys for anything. I’m proud that I could wear that ‘B’ for four years. I’m probably more proud of that than anything in my life. Those guys know what that ‘B’ means, and they’re going to carry it on. It’s going to be like that for years to come.”
Matthews delivered a sacrifice fly and Kaden Kimbrell added an RBI single for Badin in the first inning. Kimbrell, a freshman, was the only Ram with two hits in the game.
Peltier, a junior right-hander, gave up four hits in the opening frame, but got stronger from there. He struck out three and walked three.
“If you’re going to get to him, it’s usually that first inning,” CJ coach Mike Barhorst said. “I talked to him about maybe warming up earlier today and trying to get like an inning under his belt before he even got on the mound. It took him a little while to work in his offspeed stuff. Usually once he gets that offspeed working, he’s really hard to hit.”
> Ross 9, Clinton-Massie 0
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The Rams’ four errors played a key role in the defeat, according to Badin coach Brion Treadway.
“At the end of the day, we’ve got to make the plays,” he said. “Our pitchers battled really hard, but we’ve got to do a better job on 0-2 and 1-2 counts when they have hitters on the defensive. CJ put a lot of those pitches in play. We’ve got to get better at making that an unhittable pitch.”
Klaiber threw over 100 pitches and worked in and out of trouble all day. He issued three walks.
Chaminade Julienne's Mark Barhorst drives in Cameron Benoit for the winning run in Thursday's 3-2 sectional final triumph over Badin at Miamisburg's Toadvine Field.
“I thought his stuff was good,” Treadway said. “The umpire’s zone was very, very, very tight for both sides. We were literally setting up right down the middle because we couldn’t really do anything else. With that being said, this was not the umpire’s fault. We’ve got to make the plays.”
Treadway wasn’t pleased with a call in the top of the seventh. Drew Holderbach connected for a two-out single, and Daunte DeCello was then hit by a pitch. But the home-plate umpire kept him at the plate, and that led to a strikeout.
“They said he stuck his elbow up to get hit on purpose,” said Treadway, who chose not to comment further on the call.
The Eagles had no errors, yet did leave nine runners on base. Mike Barhorst was a proud dad when his son got the game-winning hit.
“It’s nerve-wracking, but I know he’s usually going to put the ball in play and give you a good at-bat,” the CJ coach said. “He hadn’t done a whole lot today before that. You hope that one of your seniors, a team captain, is able to step up and be the guy to do it for you. Thankfully, he came through in the clutch.
Badin pitcher Seth Klaiber sends the ball toward the plate Thursday during a Division II sectional final against Chaminade Julienne at Miamisburg. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD
“Badin’s always going to give you a great, quality game. Klaiber is a hell of a pitcher. They threw the first punch with two runs in the first. I said that we’ve just got to find a way to stand our ground and dodge some more punches and start landing jabs of our own. I kind of used that analogy the whole seven innings. I told them in the seventh, ‘We’ve got to land a knockout punch right here.’ ”
The Eagles, the GCLC North Division champions, are seeking their first district crown since reaching the Division III regional finals in 2014. They will meet Taylor at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Carlisle.
“If we keep playing like we’re playing,” Mike Barhorst said, “I think we’ve got a real good shot.”
“I really think this team has a chance to go to state and go all the way,” Mark Barhorst said. “We’ve got great pitching. We’ve got great hitting. We field well. I say there’s no limit to what we can do.”
Badin, meanwhile, is set to graduate eight seniors: Matthews, Madden, Will Sackenheim, A.J. Ernst, Nick Taylor, Zach Tyree, Andrew Roell and Ryan McGill.
“The hardest part is just saying goodbye to seniors,” Treadway said. “They put four years into the program, so you get close to them as people. Just the finality of the do-or-die setup of the tournament is addicting on the winning side and devastating on the losing side.”
Badin second baseman Andrew Holderbach takes the throw as Chaminade Julienne’s Mark Barhorst steals second during their Division II sectional final at Miamisburg on Thursday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD
The Rams won the GCLC Central Division title, their 25th league crown in the last 26 years. They also finished with the first non-winning record since going 15-15 in 2006.
“A long time ago, the players and coaches set the standard for baseball at Badin, and there’s very high expectations in the program,” Treadway said. “I think we’re at a point where a lot of those expectations are unspoken. So for the guys, that’s their motivation all offseason and during the season.
“I’m just proud to coach at Badin High School and to get to work with Badin baseball players. I’m lucky to have the opportunity to get to know these guys through high school and on in life. I’ll always be proud to wear the ‘B.’ ”
Chaminade Julienne 100-100-1—3-6-0
WP — Ryan Peltier (8-0); LP — Cameron Madden (3-3). Records: B 15-15, C 18-4
Badin’s Sam Mathews puts down a sacrifice bunt Thursday during a Division II sectional final against Chaminade Julienne at Miamisburg. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD
Badin catcher Zac Wilson has trouble getting a grip on the ball as Chaminade Julienne’s Cameron Benoit scores the winning run during Thursday’s Division II sectional final at Miamisburg. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD
Badin catcher Zac Wilson shows the home-plate umpire the ball as Chaminade Julienne’s Cameron Benoit covers home plate and scores the game-winning run Thursday during a Division II sectional final at Miamisburg. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD
Badin third baseman Sam Mathews chases down a Chaminade Julienne bunt Thursday during a Division II sectional final at Miamisburg. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD
Badin’s Daunte DeCello is hit by a pitch in the seventh inning of Thursday’s Division II sectional final against Chaminade Julienne at Miamisburg. The home-plate umpire ruled that DeCello stuck his elbow out in order to get hit and had to continue the at-bat. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD
Badin coach Brion Treadway questions the call that sent Daunte DeCello (with head down) back to the plate after getting hit with a pitch in the seventh inning of Thursday’s Division II sectional final against Chaminade Julienne at Miamisburg. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD
Chaminade Julienne players celebrate after Mark Barhorst (7) knocked in the winning run against Badin during their Division II sectional final at Miamisburg on Thursday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD
Badin center fielder Gavin Matthews makes a catch Thursday during a Division II sectional against Chaminade Julienne at Miamisburg. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD