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SSSAS Baseball Downed in IAC Final

Despite a strong 20-6 season, the Saints baseball team was little match for St. Albans in the IAC tournament final. The Bulldogs (30-2) blanked the Saints, 12-0, behind a dominant outing from left-handed pitcher Danny Hultzen.

Hultzen, who is headed to the University of Virginia next season, fanned 13 SSSAS batters, and allowed only five hits. He also did damage at the plate, tallying three runs to accompany his two hits.

Four days earlier, the fourth-seeded Saints downed Flint Hill, 5-4 in the first round of the VISAA tournament. The following day, SSSAS lost to eventual state champion Paul VI, 4-0, in the semifinal round at the Petersburg Sports Complex.

The Panthers, who won the WCAC regular season won its second Division I state title in the past five seasons, had a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth that clinched a 4-3 victory over St. Christopher's.

Under second-year head coach Jim Supple, the Saints were captained by seniors Connor McGuiness and Robby Barnard. McGuiness will play at Emory University next season, while Barnard will attend the University of Rochester.