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Monroe’s bats, pitching come together in 10-0 conference baseball win

Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 8:01 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - If the approach for Monroe Catholic in their conference baseball game with Delta was ‘Shaun Conwell takes care of the mound and the bats will do the rest’, it worked to perfection.

Conwell pitched five innings of shutout ball, striking out nine batters while giving up just two hits. At the plate, the Rams collected nine hits from seven different players in the line up on their way to a 10-0 victory over the Huskies.

“They did great, they did great today,” Conwell said of his teammate’s bats. “Like I said they put the ball in play and that is all we need. Shoot, I didn’t hit that good, so I mean, I count on my teammates and they count on me, so it is just a big family here.”

Sophomore Aden Sadler approached the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning with two runners on base, only needing to push one across the end the game via mercy rule. Sadler roped a triple to bring home the winning run.

“Before I even went to the plate, I wanted Max [Oravec] to walk it off, because he came off the bench and all the boys were hyped for him,” said Sadler after the victory. “I was just looking for a base hit because I knew we only had one out, so if I hit one to the outfield they could tag up from third and score.”

With a 3-1 conference record, Monroe hosts North Pole for an important game Tuesday. First-year head coach Joseph Chernich (though last year would have been if the season was not canceled) touched on what he likes out of this year’s program.

“They’re really fun, our sophomore class is really big, and there is a lot of youthful exuberance, but our seniors are also leading us so it is a good mix there.” Chernich said.

This game also served as the first baseball game held at Growden Memorial Park in 2021.

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