Retif Overwhelms Opposition to Win City, Advance to State
Outscoring opponents by 23 runs in three hard-earned victories, the Retif Oilers made a statement on Fourth of July weekend. Jesuit’s Legion baseball team captured its second consecutive First District City Series championship on Monday, July 8, at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
Winning 6-1 in the tournament opener over Lakeshore-based Bill Hood set the tone for the Oilers, who followed with a 10-1 victory over Holy Cross-based Ponstein’s on Saturday, July 6. At that point Retif had already clinched a berth in the upcoming American Legion State Tournament that begins Friday at Kirsch-Rooney. Bill Hood came back strong on Sunday, though, defeating Ponstein’s, 8-3, and slipping past Retif by one run to force the if-necessary game. Scoreless through four innings, the Oilers took over the final game in the top of the 5th with six runs, succeeded by two runs in the 6th and one in the 7th. Winning pitcher Connor Sarrat (2-0) threw six scoreless innings and allowed just five base runners before freeing up Holden Hess to complete the 9-0 shutout in the 7th.
First District City Series Recap
Friday, July 5
Game 1: Retif Oil (Jesuit) 6, Bill Hood Titans (Lakeshore) 1
Game 2: Ponstein’s (Holy Cross) 3, Malcolm Dienes (Rummel) 2
Saturday, July 6
Game 3: Bill Hood Titans (Lakeshore) 3, Malcolm Dienes (Rummel) 2. Dienes eliminated.
Game 4: Retif Oil (Jesuit) 10, Ponstein’s (Holy Cross) 1
Sunday, July 7
Game 5: Bill Hood Titans 8 vs. Ponstein’s 3. Ponstein’s eliminated.
Game 6: Retif Oil 3 vs. Game 5 winner, Bill Hood Titans 4
Monday, July 8
Game 7, Final*: Retif Oil 9 vs. Bill Hood Titans 0
* If necessary