Briar Cliff had plenty of base runners reach against Hastings on Sunday, but the Chargers had issues plating runs as the Broncos came away with a doubleheader sweep in Hastings, Neb. The home squad walked off in a 1-0 win in game one before taking the nightcap 4-1.
Jacob Wesselmann had a great outing as the BC starting pitcher, but miscues in the final frame left him with a loss. Wesselmann went the entire game, allowing one run on five hits and one walk. He struck out four Broncos.
The Blue and Gold hoped to head to extra innings for the second time in as many days as the game was scoreless going into the bottom of the seventh. Wesselmann began the inning by hitting Austin Nelson with a pitch and the Broncos moved him into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. It appeared as though the second out of the inning would come off the bat of the next hitter, but an throwing error allowed the batter to reach base and put the winning run on third. After an intentional walk Jayden Stack hit a single up the middle for the game’s only run.
Grant Svec picked up the win for the Broncos with a complete game shutout. He allowed seven hits and one walk while striking out four. The Chargers left eight runners on base in the seven inning contest. Peyton Griesert was the only batter for the Cliff with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with the game’s only extra base hit in the seventh. Griesert was thrown out at home in the first inning trying to score on a fly ball by Sawyer Olsen.
Griesert was successful on tagging up for a sacrifice fly in the first inning of game two. The fly ball came off the bat of Nick Robinson after the bases had been loaded by three walks. The Cliff was unable to score the other pair that reached on the free pass and left two runners on base in the inning. That was the story of the nightcap as Briar Cliff left 15 runners on base in a 4-1 loss. Every inning for BC ended with at least one runner on base.
The Chargers entered the day tied for eighth in the GPAC standings with Doane. BC swept the Tigers when the two met in a doubleheader, giving the Blue and Gold the tie breaker if the teams ended the year with similar records.
Doane dropped game one to Jamestown on Sunday, but walked off with a 1-0 win against the Jimmies in a game that ended while Briar Cliff and Hastings were knotted at 1 in the seventh. The Tiger win forced Briar Cliff to win for the Chargers to make the postseason. The celebration for Doane on senior day got kicked up a notch when minutes after the Tiger victory, the Broncos put up a three spot in the seventh inning.
The Cliff made things interesting in the ninth by getting the bases loaded but Chad Uhing buttoned down to pick up the save for Hastings. Austin Vitosh got the win for the Broncos, going 8+ innings scattering seven hits and eight walks for just the one run. The Chargers never struck out in the nightcap.
Harrison Jestel suffered the loss on the mound for BC. He went 6+ innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and striking out six.
Briar Cliff finished the season 22-26 and 11-17 in the GPAC to finish in ninth in the conference. The Chargers started league play 10-4 before ending the year on a 1-13 skid in GPAC play. Hastings also missed the postseason and ended the year at 12-29 overall and 6-21 in GPAC play.