Schlarman loses marathon but wins sprint to league title
DANVILLE — Worn out after playing the third-longest baseball game in IHSA history, Schlarman found enough energy to celebrate another conference title Wednesday night.
With Brock Drews throwing a perfect game in his first career start, the Hilltoppers beat Armstrong-Potomac 13-0 in five innings to clinch the Vermilion Valley Conference title outright. That game followed the conclusion of a 21-inning marathon in which A-P won 2-1.
"It was an up-and-down evening," Schlarman coach Jason Woodworth said. "The first game was a heartbreaker, but to then come back and get the big win to lock up a conference championship was big for us. We could have gone one of two ways, and we went the right way. Brock really picked us up."
Drews struck out three as the Hilltoppers finished 13-3 in the VVC. Dalton Dieu went 3 for 3 with four RBI.
The first game, delayed after 13 innings April 18, ended in the 21st when A-P scored on an error. Tyler Brennan was the tough-luck loser, striking out 21 in 16 innings of work that stretched over both days.
The IHSA's longest game was a 24-inning affair between Evergreen Park and Norridge Ridgewood in 2004. The longest area game before Wednesday involved Champaign Central, which played 16 innings twice (1961, 2001).