With the seeding already set for the Class 5A baseball regional next week — Carroll the No. 1 seed and Eisenhower at No. 2 — both coaches switched up their lineups in the regular season finale during a triangular at Eisenhower on Thursday night.
Eisenhower coach Tom Campa celebrated senior night by starting six seniors.
It was a different look than expected for the two 5A powerhouses, ranked first and fourth by the coaches association, but Eisenhower hung on to beat Carroll 6-5, scoring six unanswered runs to improve to 17-3.
Carroll, which is 18-2 and lost for the first time since the season’s second game, scored two with two outs in the top of the seventh.
“Everybody understands what we’re doing during practice. Every backup guy goes through the same situation as the starting guy,” Eisenhower coach Tom Campa said. “So even when we put somebody in, they know exactly what our communication calls are, what our defensive setup is, what our offensive mentality is going to be.
“I’m very proud of how they stepped up, especially not getting a lot of innings in (like) the other guys.”
Carroll got off to a quick start when Mack Gowing reached with a one-out grounder off Eisenhower pitcher Tyris Klein’s leg. Catcher Taylor Sanagorski followed with a two-run home run.
Carroll had runners in scoring position, but the inning ended when Jarrett Johnson was thrown out at third.
The Eagles added their third run in the second off a double by Jacob Fayette, but the inning ended when he tried to stretch it into a triple and was thrown out.
Eisenhower, which was hitless through the first two innings, opened the third with three straight hits to load the bases. Griffin Jones, who got the Game 1 win over Newton, walked and Keaton Vansickle scored. Eisenhower scored two more runs to tie it 3-all.
“The battle at the end was good, but where I was frustrated was where we got up three to nothing quick, and we relaxed,” Carroll coach Charlie Ebright said. “We haven’t done that all year. That cost us. We made some mental mistakes. (It was the) approach at the plate, really. We had some opportunities with guys in scoring position with less than two outs. We did not execute.”
Eisenhower added three more runs in the fifth when Braden Minor came off the bench and hit a two-run double. He scored when Dalton Dinkel reached on a Carroll error.
With two outs in the seventh and Carroll in the heart of its lineup, the Eagles got a two-run double from Jordan Miller, who came off the bench in the seventh. Mark Quaney also came off the bench and hit a shot to right, but Eisenhower’s Dustin Marx made the catch for the final out.
“I think honestly we kind of went in there, kind of open-minded,” Jones said. “Kind of relaxed. I think that helped us to settle down and get some runs.”
Eisenhower 4, Newton 3
|Newton||201||000||0||—||3 6 3|
|Eisenhower||100||300||x||—||4 9 6|
W — Jones. L — Wright. S — Minor.
Carroll 4, Newton 2
|Newton||100||001||0||—||2 8 0|
|Carroll||030||010||x||—||4 7 2|
W — Allen. L — Gronau. S — Fischer.
Eisenhower 6, Carroll 5
|Carroll||210||000||2||—||5 7 2|
|Eisenhower||003||030||x||—||6 5 3|
W — Dinkel. L — Henning. S — Hersh. HR — Sanagorski, Carroll.
Eisenhower senior Griffin Jones
Eisenhower senior Dustin Marx
Eisenhower baseball coach Tom Campa
Carroll baseball coach Charlie Ebright