Lyons Township’s sterling season came to a screeching halt with the help of someone named Travis Stirling at the Crestwood Super-sectional title game at Hawkinson Ford Field on Monday.
Stirling’s two-out, two-run single off Dan Sorce in the sixth inning dashed Lyons Township’s hopes for a State title run as the Caravan upset the Lions 5-3.
Lyons took a 3-2 lead after a two-run homer by Casey McMurray in the fifth inning, but were unable to generate anymore runs thereafter.
Scoring any runs was something Reavis and Nazareth Academy couldn’t do against the Lions last week as LT rode a pair of shutouts to a Class AA sectional title at Reavis.
Sorce started things by tossing a complete-game two-hitter in a 4-0 win against Reavis on June 1, while Dan Weston blanked Nazareth over five innings in a 7-0 win Saturday. Kyle Corcoran and McMurray came out of the bullpen to help Weston finish the shutout.
Sorce overpowered the Rams (21-15) on June 1, striking out nine. One of the hits he yielded hit the left field foul line, while the other hit the bag at third base. The lefty walked a pair and hit another batter.
The LT hurler helped himself to a 1-0 lead in the second inning when he singled home Brian Dunne, who reached base on a walk.
Steve Kehr reached base with a single in the third inning and stole second base before scoring on a Dan Brewer double. Brewer would later score a run on a wild pitch in the sixth inning.
LT added its last run in the sixth when Dunne singled and later scored on a dropped popup.
It was Weston’s turn to bowl over batters Saturday against Nazareth Academy. He struck out eight in a start that was interrupted after four innings because of rain. Weston gave up only four hits and walked a pair.
The Roadrunners (17-19) didn’t get a runner as far as third base until the seventh inning, but McMurray left that man stranded when he struck out the last batter to end the game. Corcoran also had a strikeout in his inning of relief.
The Lions jumped on Nazareth’s knuckle-baller early when McMurray doubled and Brewer walked. Weston singled home the lead runner before Joe Walsh scored Brewer with a sac fly.
Marc Mahler and Justin Birk started the second with back-to-back singles and Kehr was hit by a pitch to load the bases. McMurray drove home a run on a fielder’s choice before Brewer delivered another blow when he crushed a 3-run homer that put LT on top 6-0.
Brewer also walked with two outs in the fourth inning and scored the last Lions run when Weston doubled. He reached safely four times with his double, home run and a pair of walks. Brewer also scored three runs.
LT, which won a State title in 2003, closed out the season with an overall record of 35-4.