Baseball: Fremd’s Keith Giagnorio delivers game-winner over BarringtonPalatine -Baseball game: Barrington vs. Fremd. Jon Rogers Pitches for Barrington. | Joe Cyganowski~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 18, 2012 9:53PM
Barrington starter Jon Rogers was two outs from a complete-game victory Wednesday when Fremd’s Matt Isola drove a single up the middle bringing home the game-tying run.
After Broncos reliever Dylan Balogh was called in, Keith Giagnorio completed the walk-off comeback win with his own line drive back over second base. The 4-3 final in Palatine earned the Vikings (10-7, 3-2 Mid-Suburban West) a season sweep of the Broncos.
“I just wanted to hit the ball hard, put it in play and give my team the chance to win,” said Fremd’s No. 7 hitter, who was mobbed on the infield grass after teammate Grant Dunham crossed home plate.
“I felt like it was kind of coming for our team in general. We had guys on base all game and one finally went through.”
Rogers had thrown 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball for Barrington (12-5, 3-2) heading into the final inning. But Broncos coach Jim Hawrysko said it appeared his senior just ran out of gas around the 100-pitch mark.
“I think after being ahead of that first hitter 0-2 and then losing him with a base hit showed he was tired,” Hawrysko said of the ominous start to the seventh. “I think he did a great job today. It was just a matter of them doing what they needed to do late in the game.”
Rogers remained proud of his overall performance, noting that he and the Broncos were able to leave several Vikings stranded in scoring position to end innings early on.
“I just didn’t hit my spots there at the end,” he said. “I was happy with how I pitched early in the game but I think I just let up a little bit.”
After six innings, Barrington appeared headed to a comeback win.
Trailing 2-1 with two outs and two runners on, Macray Poidomani drove in teammates Aaron Foley and Dylan Lidge to lift the Broncos to a late 3-2 lead.
“It was a big hit to take the lead back and do what he needed to do,” Hawrysko said. “We just needed that one more hit to get up more than one run.”
Barrington scored its first run in the fourth inning when Scott Nelson plated Ryan Lidge. Max Redpath, Justin Dragosz and Scott Nelson registered multi-hit games.