“That was a clutch hit by Heinz to give us a 2-run cushion,” McClellan said. “He’s a very mature hitter. He doesn’t chase ball. The last 3-4 games, he’s barreling balls.”
With two outs in the seventh, Campos had to leave the game because of the pinch-count rule.
“I hate to take a pitcher out when he’s done tremendous,” Girton said.
With Forreston up 5-3, Birnbaum came in for relief and retired the final batter.
Fyock moved from shortstop to closer in the bottom of the seventh for Forreston. Oregon ended up with the winning run at the plate after Nolan Thomas singled and Burns was hit by a pitch. With two outs, Fyock made it strikeout number three to preserve the win for his team.
In an impressive showing, the trio of Cardinal pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts and only one earned run. They also limited Oregon to five hits.
“Our young pitchers did a good job,” McClellan said.
Chase Greenfield, Heinz and Swanson all had two hits for Forreston, with Swanson scoring two of the five runs.
“Swanson deserves a lot of credit,” McClellan said. “He’s one of those kids that keeps working and getting better. He’s had big hits for us this year and been aggressive on the fast ball.”
With the win, the Cardinals moved to 8-1. Over the last four years, the program has been averaging close to 30 wins a year.
“This is a great group of kids,” McClellan said. “The seniors have had a lot of success in other sports, It is so important in high school to have that winning attitude. What impresses me most is losing out top three pitchers. But still throwing 75 strikeouts to 15 walks this year.”