Elder loses state title game to St. Edward

By Adam Niemeyer (FOX19 Sports)

Elder High School's bid for a state record 13th state title ran into a buzzsaw named Stetson Allie. The ace pitcher for the St. Edward Eagles struck out 16 batters on the way to a 8-3 victory over the Panthers.

Elder won the state title in volleyball one week ago and looked for their second state title in seven days, but the pitching of Allie and two four-run innings from St. Edward did the Panthers in.

"That's the most dominating performance I've ever seen," said Elder head coach Mark Thompson of Allie's day. "He was awfully tough, but we just kept battling and did the best we could against him."

In the top of the fourth the Eagles got four runs after three hard hits made it into the outfield. A throwing error on shortstop Selby Chidemo allowed the Eagles to put two more runs up on the board, and stake a 4-0 lead.

"They had that one big inning and it was too much for us to come back on," Chidemo said. "That's the way baseball goes. We fought hard."

In the sixth inning a flurry of runs were scored by both teams. St. Edward got four more including one on a single off of Allie's bat, to put St. Edward up 8-0. Elder battled back with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. After a single from Friday's hero Timmy O'Conner knocked in Chidemo, a Bryan Riestenberg two-run double brought the Panthers within five.

Allie recorded 16 strikeouts in six innings, and gave up three runs, while issuing six walks. Allie, a projected top ten draft pick in the Major League Baseball draft, consistently threw his fastball around the 94 m.p.h. mark and had Elder's batters guessing at what he was going to throw next.

"I'm going to go home and think about tomorrow," Allie said of the upcoming draft. "Hopefully it's what I want. I'm very excited."

Elder's Matt Pate threw 5 2/3 innings and gave up all eight runs. He struck out five and walked two batters.

"I'm very proud of our boys," Thompson said. "We just kept battling."

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