La Roche wins first AMCC title
Redhawks clinch first NCAA tournament berth with victory
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- La Roche (24-17) won its first AMCC title and clinched a berth in the NCAA Tournament with a 14-4 win against Mount Aloysius (19-27-1). The victory is the most lopsided championship game in AMCC Tournament history.
Ryan Fennell hit a two-run double in the first inning to give the Redhawks a 2-0 lead before Mt. Aloysius took a 3-2 in the third. Dustin Lalle made a terrific sliding play in centerfield to prevent the Mounties from adding another run and La Roche answered in a massive way by scoring ten runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Brian Tougher's three-run knock highlighted the 10-run inning and Mitchell Meyers and Dustin Lalle registered two RBI each. Eight of nine Redhawks scored runs and La Roche went through their entire order before recording an out. Casey Zimmerman and Lalle added runs in the fifth and sixth innings to secure the win.
Brian Tougher hit a three-run shot for his first career home run and Ryan Fennell capped off a stellar AMCC Tournament with a 5-for-5 performance including three RBI and two doubles. Casey Zimmerman went 3-for5 and scored four runs and Dustin Lalle added 3 RBI. Five Redhawks provided three-plus hits and all nine starters recorded at least one hit and reached base twice. La Roche had a whopping 23 hits in the game.
Reed Tomlinson threw 6.1 innings of solid baseball and allowed just four runs on seven hits while Walt Hadjuk and Jesse Bauer combined for a scoreless two innings.
With the win, the Redhawks clinched a berth into their first NCAA Tournament.