Turpin Keeps It Rollin’ by Advancing to the Regional Finals

Posted on: May 31, 2019
Spartan baseball

After their first ever district championship, the Spartans were set to face Vandalia Butler in the regional semifinals. Peter Henkel was pitching for the Spartans. Although he didn’t have his “A game” he still got the job done. Henkel pitched 6.1 innings sacrificing only one earned run on nine hits and one walk. The Spartans were led offensively by Nick McLaughlin (3/4 with one run scored), Colin Bernard (2/3 with a double and one run scored), Nick Kapostasy (1/3 with one RBI, one run scored, and one walk), and Austin Hartley (1/1 with a walk).

Despite multiple runners on base for both teams, the game was scoreless for the first four innings of play. In the top of the fifth, after a single from Nick McLaughlin, walk from Connor Stout, and double steal, a chopper to the shortstop off the bat of Peter Henkel scored McLaughlin to give Turpin a 1-0 lead over Vandalia Butler. The Aviators quickly tied it up in the bottom of the fifth after an error by Jack Lambert extended the inning, leading to an RBI single.

The Spartans would waste no time reclaiming the lead in the sixth inning, however. Colin Bernard led off the inning with a single, putting Nick Kapostasy in a situation to bunt. After the Aviators showed multiple crazy fielding rotations, Don Gullett Jr. (Spartan head coach) simply out-coached Vandalia Butler, calling for Bernard to steal second base and then giving Kapostasy the green light to swing away with the fielders a mere twenty feet away from home plate expecting bunt. “Kapo” hit a hard grounder right past the drawn in first basemen to drive in Bernard, reclaiming the lead. Jack Lambert then came up to bat and circled the bases in a wacky play involving three errors that resembled something one may see in a tee-ball game. This extended the Spartans lead to 4-1.

In the seventh inning, Henkel took to the mound again to close out the game. Turpin faced a bit of a scare when the bases were loaded with only one out, but Peter handed the ball off to his younger brother, Will, to close out the game. Will Henkel got a ground out to first base and then a flyout to left field to put the Aviators away.

The Spartans will continue their unprecedented run in the regional final today (May 31st) at UC against Springboro.