With the Four Rivers Conference baseball championship on the line, Pacific kept its unbeaten season going with a 5-4 victory Monday at Sullivan.
Both the Indians and the Eagles entered the game with perfect league records.
Pacific (13-0, 6-0) clinched a share of the conference championship with the win and can take the outright, unbeaten title for the third straight season with a victory Thursday at home over Owensville.
The Indians extended their FRC winning streak to 21 games.
“These are the types of games we need to play in to make us stronger come district time. It came down to the last out. Both teams played a good game. We’re happy to get the win,” said Pacific Head Coach Jeff Reed. “Our work isn’t done. We don’t want to share the conference championship. We have to beat Owensville Thursday.”
The game featured two of the top pitchers in the area in Pacific senior Josh Moore, a Saint Louis University recruit, and Sullivan junior Seth Mesey.
Moore pitched six innings to earn the win. He allowed four runs on seven hits with six walks and nine strikeouts.
Andrew David took over in the seventh inning and earned the save. He allowed no runs on one hit with no walks and one strikeout.
“Josh struggled in the early innings. He got behind in the count too much. Once he got a little angry later in the game, he did a lot better,” Reed said. “Andrew came in and got the job done in the seventh inning.”
The four runs is the most the Indians have allowed in 13 games this season.
Mesey tossed all seven innings for the Eagles and suffered the loss. He allowed five runs on five hits with four walks, three hit batters and 10 strikeouts.
“Mesey was impressive,” Reed said. “His fastball was good. We didn’t shorten our swings enough against him.”
Moore was at 114 pitches after six innings, which forced Reed to make the change to David in the seventh.
“It’s not worth hurting someone’s arm to win a game,” Reed said. “We had all the confidence that Andrew would hold the lead, which he did.”
Sullivan’s Tyler Schatz stroked a leadoff double in the seventh inning, but was later thrown out at third base on a ground ball back to David, who fired to third baseman Zeth Boyer to register the first out of the inning.
David then retired the next two Sullivan batters to seal Pacific’s win.
“Andrew did a good job fielding the ball and finding where to throw it,” Reed said. “That was a huge play for the first out. Ryan Jones also made a big play to get a force out at second base for the second out.”
Pacific grabbed a 3-0 lead with three runs in the top of the third inning.
The big hit was a two-run triple by Hank Vandaveer, who later scored on a wild pitch for the Indians’ third run.
“That was a huge hit by Hank,” Reed said. “That got us going.”
Sullivan (10-2, 5-1) responded with two runs in the bottom of the third inning on a two-run triple by Mesey.
The Indians made the score 4-2 in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI single by Tanner Brown.
“Tanner had a couple of huge hits for us,” Reed said.
The Eagles came back again with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the contest, 4-4.
Lester Turilli had an RBI triple and then stole home to tie the game.
The final run of the game was scored by Pacific in the top of the fifth inning.
Ryan Jones walked, later stole third base and then scored on a throwing error to give the Indians a 5-4 advantage.
Things settled down until the bottom of the seventh inning when Pacific sealed the win by throwing Schatz out at third base with nobody out.
Brown finished the game with two hits and one RBI for the Indians.
Andrew David (double), Nathan Bruns and Vandaveer (triple) each added one hit. Vandaveer had two RBIs and one run. David scored one run.
Kyle Dean, Zeth Boyer and Jones each scored one run.
Pacific and Sullivan meet again in the Farmington Tournament Friday at 8 p.m. The Indians first play Pattonville at 3:30 p.m.