The name of Rock Bridge’s starting pitcher has been corrected in this story.
With the bases loaded and the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, De Smet’s Seth Roggenkamp stepped up to the plate. The lefty slapped a single to the left side, driving home the game-winning run as De Smet moved onto the final four in the state with a 3-2 win over Rock Bridge in extras.
The game was scoreless through the first five innings.
Rock Bridge struck first in the top of the sixth inning to go ahead 2-1. Spencer Nivens singled, advanced to second on a bunt and eventually scored on a throwing error. However, the Bruins left the bases loaded and it quickly would come back to haunt them. In the bottom of the inning, De Smet tied the game with a bloop single.
Missouri baseball commit Spencer Miles started on the mound for the Bruins. Miles pitched seven innings, only allowing one hit and one run. When he exited the game heading into the eighth inning, the Bruins were three outs away from winning.
In the top of the eighth inning with two outs, Will Norris hit a RBI-single to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the same inning, the Bruins turned to Zach Hay to close out the game. However, Hay loaded the bases without recording an out and the Spartans lost 3-2 on a walk-off single.
While the Bruins’ season is over, it was still a successful campaign. The team set a school-record for wins with a 29-8 record. The Bruins also won a district championship, their first since 2015.