Rentfrow gave up five hits, three runs and one walk while striking out two.
St. Anthony takes second in the conference after finishing the regular season 3-4 in the NTC, with a lot of new faces on the field and in the dugout as well.
“We’re confident going into the spring,” Koenig said. “It was one of those years where we lost some games we shouldn’t have lost. It’s tough in the fall.
“As a four seed, it’s nice to get second place, but we felt we could have won it.”
Ross gave up seven hits in seven innings, walked just one and struck out seven. Bray was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run, Powless was 1-for-3 with an RBI, Smith was 2-for-3 with a double and a run and Harmeier was 1-for-1 with an RBI and two walks.
The Cougars advanced to Super Sectionals before falling to Windsor/Stew-Stras in the spring, and the conference championship can’t hurt their chances in the fall.
“It’s a game of inches, a game like this, overall, I thought it was a really good game. We were lucky enough to get that one extra run,” Jones said. “These teams were always on our schedule. Now when we play them, it counts. It’s always gratifying to win a conference championship, I can’t deny that.”
St. Anthony 100 001 0 2 7 2
South Central 300 000 X 3 8 1
WP – Ross (7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 K, 1 BB) LP – Rentfrow (1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 K, 1 BB)
St. Anthony: Lorenz (1-3, R, 2 SB); Bushur (2-4, 2B); Dasenbrock (1-4, R); Brad. Puckett (1-3, RBI); Hoelscher (1-3 RBI); Gurtner (1-3); Rentfrow (1-3)
South Central: Ratermann (1-4, R); Smith (2-3, 2B, R); Bray (2-3, RBI, R); Powless (1-4, RBI; Hill (1-3); Harmeier (1-1, RBI, 2 BB)
Blue Devils take third
Altamont found itself in its second straight nine-inning game Saturday, and the result was the same, with their opponent grabbing three runs in the ninth to best the Indians.