The Cardinal Ritter Baseball Team sealed their fifth consecutive Indiana Crossroads Conference Championship, their only 5 titles in school history, on Wednesday as they beat Park Tudor 14-8. The Raiders ended the conference schedule with a record of 6-1, 1 game better than Monrovia and rival Speedway with the only blemish against Monrovia in a controversial game. This win gives the Raiders a 33-1 record in ICC play over the past 5 years.
The Raiders had to beat a Park Tudor team that at the time only had 1 loss in conference, had the momentum of senior night and had been playing really good ball as of late. Cardinal Ritter started off very sluggish giving up 3 runs in the first inning on 2 errors and another 3 runs in the 2nd off of 3 errors to put themselves in a 0-6 deficit after 2 full innings. They were able to stop the bleeding in the third holding the Panthers to no runs behind great pitching of Gus “Bus” Esterline who entered the game due to starter Henry “H-Bomb” Woodcock having some minor arm issues. However, the Raiders could not generate enough offense to push runners through and were still behind 0-6 going into the top of the 5th.
The Raiders then rallied around each other, vowed to play the game the “Cardinal Ritter” way and put up an 8 spot in the top of the frame. They blanked the Panthers again in the bottom half of the frame and put up another 6 runs in the 6th. After a couple of meaningless runs were given up in the bottom half of the seventh, the Raiders walked away with their 5th straight victory and an ICC title.
The Raiders offense was led by Luke “The Laser” Shearer who went 3 for 5 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI. Dillon “Rube” Olejnik rallied the team going 3 for 5 with 3 RBI and Jake “The Snake” Kluemper put himself in scoring position all day going 2 for 3 with an RBI. Also adding 2 hits a piece were Woodcock who added a double and 2 RBI, Joey “Gamer” Gruber who added an RBI and Le’Ron “Mr. Fantastic” Fleming who added a double and an RBI. Jack “Rabbit” Henninger and Esterline both added a hit and an RBI a piece.