One run wins it for Griffins

Saturday, June 5, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:21 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Vianney got one run, and that was all it needed.

The Golden Griffins used two sacrifice flies to score in beating Helias 1-0 at Taylor Stadium on Friday in a Class 4 baseball semifinal.

In the bottom of the sixth, Golden Griffins senior Richie Estopare hit a sacrifice fly to right field, sending junior Tony Spencer to third base. Sophomore Jason Hagerty also hit a sacrifice fly to right field, driving in Spencer.

Vianney (21-7) meets Rockhurst in the final Saturday at 8 p.m.

Coach Steve Bieser led Vianney to the title game in his first year.

"I knew coming in that we had a chance because any time you get to the high school playoffs and you have one dominate guy like we do, everyone knows that we have a great chance to win that day," Bieser said.

Golden Griffins pitcher senior Nick Schmidt (9-3) walked nine and also struck out nine. Sophomore Jim Klocke relieved him in the top of the seventh.

"We all came here focused and ready to play," Klocke said. "We didn't really hit the ball at first because the pitcher kind of caught us off-guard, so we came in threw strikes and put good defense behind them."

Helias (19-5) meets Hazelwood Central (21-7) in the third-place game Saturday.

Rockhurst 6, Hazelwood Central 5: In the other semifinal game Friday, Rockhurst rallied to reach the title game.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Hawklets were down two with two runners on. Senior Brandon Doherty singled to right field, sending in the tying and winning runs.

"The first baseman made a great play," Doherty said. "I thought he was going to snag it and rob me but ... it was awesome."

Hawklets junior Mike Walczuk hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the third for a 3-1 lead against Hazelwood Central (21-7).

In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Hawklets tied it at 3; Hazelwood Central regained the lead at 4-3 in the fifth.

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