With a one-hit shutout of Springfield Catholic, the Aurora Houn' Dawg baseball team took home the title in the Right of the Bat tournament, remaining unbeaten on the young season.
Junior Wyatt Sparks pitched six and two-thirds innings of no-hit ball before allowing the first Catholic hit with two outs and giving way to classmate Matthew Miller, who recorded the final strikeout to seal the 5-0 Aurora victory.
After four scoreless innings, the Houn' Dawgs finally put up a crooked number in the bottom of the fifth. Senior Kaleb Baker drew a two-out walk before advancing to second on a wild pitch and to third on an errant pickoff throw. An RBI single by senior Zac Shoemaker brought Baker home for the first run of the game. Senior Preston Naylor then drove in Shoemaker, after a stolen base, on an RBI single of his own.
The Dawgs would add three more insurance runs in the next inning, which began with a bunt single by junior Miah Fisher. A sacrifice by senior Brett Schellen advanced Fisher to second before a Sparks triple brought him home.
After a groundout, a pair of walks by sophomore Gage Singer and Baker loaded the bases. With Shoemaker at the dish, a balk by the Catholic pitcher plated Sparks and a wild pitch brought home Singer for the final run.
Naylor's two hits and one RBI led the Aurora offense, along with one hit, one run, one RBI performances by Sparks and Shoemaker.
On the mound, Sparks recorded his second 12-strikeout game of the season to pick up the win, while Miller earned the save.