Crystal Lake, IL- After the second consecutive victory in their last at bats, MCC Scots head Coach Jared Wacker agreed with me. I said my blood pressure is up after Friday and Saturday’s ESPN-highlight-reel-like wins, Jared Wacker’s response? “Me too!”

The ever resilient McHenry County College’s Men’s Baseball team is one more win away from the NJCAA DII College World Series in Enid, Oklahoma. The event is from May 28th to June 4th.

Click here to see the great crowd out at MCC Saturday:

Walk off wins are enjoyable for the fans but very stressful for the teams, the Scots are now a stellar 48-10 and face off against Elgin Community College at noon today. The Spartans (42-18) must defeat MCC twice today (noon & 3:00) to advance to Enid.

Madison College (29-28-1) gave it their all but the Scots were not to be denied on this beautiful day for baseball. The Wolf Pack (6 time reigning Region IV champion) fell 11-10 in a great contest that saw huge swings between the two clubs. MCC led 9-3 after 6, 9-7 after 7 and 10-7 after 8 innings. Madison fought back with 3 in the ninth to tie it at 10 but witnessed the “MCC Magic” and lost 11-10. The Wolf Pack were led by Nick Kanavas, Kian O’Brien and Simon Maurice.

MCC were led by So Jacobs HS alum and starting pitcher Reilly Peltier. He went 6 innings. 113 pitches, 4 earned runs and 12 K’s. His fastball was popping and the scouts in the bleachers behind home plate had their radar guns out. On the offensive side the Scots were led by Fr Clark Brinkman (2-4, 3 R, 3 RBI & HR), So Cullen Mayhew (2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI), So Riley Richarz (3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI including game winner), Fr Nick Heidenthal (2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI) and Friday’s hero, Fr Sam Hawley (2-4, 2 R including game winner).

Hawley followed up his clutch performance Friday against ECC with another. After throwing out a Madison College base runner at the plate to end the top of the 9th, Hawley singled to lead off the Scots’ half of the ninth. With the score all tied at 10, Hawley scored the game winner on Richarz clutch hit. Austin Butts from Woodstock HS earned the win with 2 innings of relief work.

Wacker had praise for Hawley, “Sam Hawley stepped up big again for us today with a huge outfield assist to throw guy out of the plate and leading off the bottom of the ninth with a single. He continues to be clutch for us.”
The Scots head coach lamented on his pitching, “Our pitching wasn’t as sharp today as it has been but our offense really stepped up against a quality opponent.” He went on to talk highly of the attitude of his ball club, “I loved our energy today. We competed at a championship level today.”
Now his Scots are one win away from the College World Series next weekend, Wacker knows it and his team knows it. This will be fun!
Click here to watch Reilly and his fellow Scots:
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Scots Nick Heidenthal
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