District Champs! Spartans Win Biggest Game in School History

Posted on: May 28, 2019
Spartan baseball

The Spartans gave the ball to Will Henkel for the district championship. Henkel was rivaled by Cade Boxrucker pitching for Badin. Badin was ranked as the third best team in the state (PBR Ohio), but the Spartans managed to squeak out a win after scoring six runs in the sixth and seventh innings to win 6-5. This was the first district championship in Turpin history. 

Boxrucker of Badin was dominant early; he didn’t give up a single hit during his outing. However, as the game went on, he lost his command and began hitting and walking batters. In the sixth inning the Spartans were able to get two runs from walks and passed balls -- making the score 4-2. Badin was able to score another run in the bottom of the sixth, causing Turpin to be down three runs.

Nick McLaughlin led off the top of the seventh inning with a single up the middle. The very next batter, Justin Silverstein, hit a mammoth shot over the left field fence to bring the Spartans within one run. After two batters were retired, Max Kline came up clutch with a single up the middle to keep the game alive. With Garrett Manaster pinch running for Kline, Colin Bernard hit a gap shot to left-center field. Manaster busted around the basepaths and dove headfirst into home to tie the game. Nick Kapostasy then came up to bat. With a 3-0 count, Coach Gullett went ahead and gave “Kapo” the green light and he delivered with a double of his own -- giving the Spartans a 6-5 lead.

Logan Jillek went out in the bottom of the seventh to close out the game. Despite giving up one hit, he struck out the last batter and the Spartans erupted as they had just made history. This is the furthest Turpin has made it in the postseason. They play Vandalia Butler in the regional semifinals at UC on Thursday (May 30th).