With its ultimate goal starting to come into view, the St. Sebastian’s baseball team found itself well behind in a game it absolutely needed to win.
St. Mark’s, which would finish the season below .500 in Independent School League play, wasn’t supposed to be one of the toughest games on the Arrows’ schedule. But there it was, enjoying a 7-3 lead as a game in late May moved into the sixth inning.
"We thought we should have been beating them by a margin and controlling the game, and we weren’t," junior shortstop Brian Craven said. "We said we had to get two (runs) in the sixth and two in the seventh to tie, and that’s what we did. That was one of our biggest scrap games and kind of defined our season."
One year after three one-run losses cost them any chance of grabbing a share of the league championship, the Arrows found a way to win those close games, including at St. Mark’s, 10-7. The result was a 13-2 record in league play (17-4 overall) and the outright ISL title, the first for the program in a decade.