Taking on an opponent that was making its third straight trip to the state semifinals, the Lutheran St. Charles baseball team knew that mistakes would have to be kept at a minimum to have a chance against Fatima.
Underdog Lutheran made more than a handful of miscues, and the errors proved to be too much to overcome, as the Cougars were taken down 9-4 in a Class 3 semifinal at T. R. Hughes Ballpark.
Lutheran St. Charles (16-13) will try to rebound against Warsaw (22-13) in the third place game on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Fatima (21-7), which finished third last season, will play Scott City (21-12) for the championship Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
Lutheran St. Charles starter John Hurayt gave up three Fatima runs in the first two innings but in the third inning, Hurayt got the Cougars on the board.
Hurayt ripped a two-run blast over the wall in right center field to cut the gap to 3-2.
In the fourth, the Comets broke the game open with a five-run onslaught.
Austin Schubert, who went 2 for 3. came through with a two-run single to center and Lutheran gave up two more runs off of wild pitches.
Lutheran was not about to go down quietly though as the Cougars used a little long ball work to get back into the game a bit.
In the top of the sixth with one out, Kory Carter slammed a two-run shot, making it 8-4.
Fatima added to its lead in the bottom of the sixth. Schubert singled home a run extending the lead to 9-4.
Hurayt took the loss for Lutheran St. Charles. He allowed eight runs on four hits, walked nine, struck out three and hit two batters.
Alex Dickneite got the win. Dickneite fanned six hitters and gave up four runs on four hits.
Mathew Seacrist had a hit and scored a run.