AURORA — Putting a cap on an up-and-down regular season, Aurora baseball said farewell to its 13-man senior class Friday.
It wasn’t a perfect game for Aurora, but there was a happy ending authored by the Greenmen seniors.
Senior Jacob Loudon hit an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning, giving the Greenmen a 4-3 win over Copley at Ed Sherwin Field. The victory avenged a walk-off loss at Copley Thursday when the Indians pulled out a 2-1 win.
Aurora improved to 9-11 overall and finished at 6-6 in the Suburban League American Conference.
Greenmen coach Michael Brancazio said the game was not only a good showcase for his 13 seniors, but also a chance to fine tune his team ahead of its Division II district semifinal game Tuesday vs. Woodridge.
"Senior Day worked out pretty well for us," said Brancazio. "I think the idea is we use games like this to work on the little things. That will prepare for what we want to do on Tuesday."
Aurora used four different pitchers in the win, as senior Trevor Mitch, senior Tate Larrance, freshman Jack Fecko and sophomore Patrick McBirney combined to limit the Indians to three runs (one earned) on five hits.
McBirney got the win by throwing 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
"I was pleased with our pitching today," Brancazio said. "That’s the key to what we want to do. We need to work on our defense and we definitely need to work on timely hitting."
After falling behind 2-0 in the fourth inning, Aurora took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth, thanks to a two-run double from Loudon and an RBI single from designated hitter John Retton.
Copley responded with an unearned run in the top of the sixth inning.
Copley starting pitcher Caleb Shovestull threw a solid seven innings, giving up three earned runs off six hits with seven strikeouts. However, Aurora scored the winning run in the eighth inning off reliever Gavin Smargiasoo.
Aurora third baseman Joe Capretta walked and advanced to third on two wild pitches. Against a drawn-in infield, Loudon smoked a ground ball wide of third base to get his third RBI of the night and end the game.