Class C Baseball Rally: Beaver River and Cooperstown Win Section Titles
The Beaver River and Cooperstown baseball teams won the Class C sectional championships on Saturday, beating West Canada Valley and Port Byron, respectively.
Due to the shortened spring sports season this year, the Class C sectional baseball field was larger than usual and was split into two tournaments, C-1 and C-2.
Beaver River 8, Valley of Western Canada 2
Based on a full set, 12-hit gem Jonas shearer, the Beavers toppled West Canada Valley to claim their first section title since 2013.
First-year head coach Mike Kogut – who won the baseball section championships as a player with Bishop Ludden in 2006 and 2007 – had been Beaver River’s assistant in 2018 and 2019, before being hired as a as a senior man last year, before the cancellation of spring sports.
“We had a great offseason before the 2020 season. The school was closed just before the start of training. It was just heartbreaking for the team, especially the seniors, ”said Kogut. “Today, just to top it off, it’s amazing. I am so happy for the children. … For the elderly, with whom I have been for the four years in Beaver River, to finish like this is an incredible feeling.
Shearer, a junior, moved to the Colorado school district in 2019 and last year would have been his first college season.
“At the start of the year we were all very hesitant about the season. We didn’t know what was going to happen, ”he said. “Today it was so good to have a bunch of fans there and even to have the sectional championship going.”
Part of Shearer’s effort to win the championship also included a historic strikeout. With a punch in the second inning, the pitcher broke the program’s single-season strikeout record of 112, which was set by Dustin Tooker in 2008.
“I had no idea what the record was. … The coach hasn’t told me all season, ”said Shearer. “In the second inning after the strikeout, there were more cheers and Coach Kogut called for the ball. I didn’t know what was going on. … After that, our catcher Sam Bush threw him into the dugout. … When I returned to the canoe, everyone started to congratulate me.
Cooperstown 4, Port Byron 3 (8 rounds)
The top-seeded Hawkeyes took down the third-seeded Panthers in dramatic fashion as Alex Hage hit an RBI single in extra innings to give his team the Class C-1 title.
The victory capped a wild playoff run for Cooperstown, as their three sectional wins came from a single run. They defeated South Lewis No.9 1-0 in the quarterfinals and Pulaski No.4 10-9 in the semifinals before Saturday.
Hage and Alex Hascup both went 2-for-3 in the championship win.