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Hauser strands 10, falls in title round

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The Hauser baseball team struck out, literally, in its shot at a Shawe Memorial Sectional Championship on Monday.

Jac-Cen-Del took the title with a 3-0 victory against the Jets, who saw 15 batters strike out against Eagles pitcher Alex Schoettmer.

Schoettmer allowed just four hits as the Jets finished their season at 14-11.

Hauser did manage base runners, but stranded 10 of them.

“My hat is off to them,” Hauser coach Jerry Schoen said of Jac-Cen-Del. “They pitched a near perfect game, and left us on base in five of seven innings. When we can’t capitalize on opportunities where we load bases, it’s going to be hard to get a win.”

Jets pitcher Jared Schoen kept things close with the Eagles through much of the game, but a wild pitch was enough to put the first run on the board in the top of the sixth.

“I felt real good on the mound,” Jared Schoen said. “I just let a few pitches get away from me toward the end of the game, and I’m tremendously upset for letting this one get away from us.”

The Eagles (19-7) added more runs in the top of the seventh when Dominique Norman cranked a deep center-field shot that bounced off center fielder Rory Thayer’s glove, resulting in a run. Norman brought in the final run by way of another wild pitch from Schoen.

“We fought real hard, but we just couldn’t make the big shots like we wanted to,” Jerry Schoen said. “It was a tough battle all the way to the end, and we kept things close, but the mental mistakes we made cost us.”

Will Rose was the Jets’ only batter with multiple hits. He had two singles.

Jared Compton connected on a double for Hauser. The Jets were walked eight times. Schoen finished the game allowing seven hits with five strikeouts.

“We are a team that has improved tremendously since last year,” Jerry Schoen said. “We stepped up to the task at hand all season and proved we could hang with some of the tougher teams.”

Jerry Schoen said he felt the team’s confidence only grew as the season wore on.

“We had a lot of ups and downs this season,” Jerry Schoen said. “This is one of the finest teams I’ve had the privilege of coaching. They are just a mature bunch of guys.”

While seniors Jared Compton and Nick Lortz played their final game, the return of a seasoned squad will make things exciting for the Jets next season.

“We didn’t have any seniors last year,” Jared Schoen said. “We had grown into a real good team. We have no regrets about this season, and feel good about how we played tonight.”

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