Baseball: Mac's walk-off hit gives Buffalo Grove MSL title over Barrington

  • Buffalo Grove center fielder Dennis Ratzki catches a fly ball by Barrington's J.D. Swarbrick in the Mid Suburban League conference championship baseball game on Friday, May 20, 2022.

      Buffalo Grove center fielder Dennis Ratzki catches a fly ball by Barrington's J.D. Swarbrick in the Mid Suburban League conference championship baseball game on Friday, May 20, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Barrington second baseman Danny Hoffman loses control of a ground ball but recovers to throw out Buffalo Grove's Dennis Ratzki in the Mid Suburban League conference championship baseball game on Friday, May 20, 2022.

      Barrington second baseman Danny Hoffman loses control of a ground ball but recovers to throw out Buffalo Grove's Dennis Ratzki in the Mid Suburban League conference championship baseball game on Friday, May 20, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Barrington's J.D. Swarbrick rounds third on his way to score on an Rbi double by Logan Eisenbarth in the first inning against Buffalo Grove in the Mid Suburban League conference championship baseball game on Friday, May 20, 2022.

      Barrington's J.D. Swarbrick rounds third on his way to score on an Rbi double by Logan Eisenbarth in the first inning against Buffalo Grove in the Mid Suburban League conference championship baseball game on Friday, May 20, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Barrington second baseman Danny Hoffman flips the ball to shortstop J.D. Swarbrick for force out Buffalo Grove's Joel Villarreal for the first out of a double play in the Mid Suburban League conference championship baseball game on Friday, May 20, 2022.

      Barrington second baseman Danny Hoffman flips the ball to shortstop J.D. Swarbrick for force out Buffalo Grove's Joel Villarreal for the first out of a double play in the Mid Suburban League conference championship baseball game on Friday, May 20, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Buffalo Grove third baseman Matthew Wolverton steps on the bag to force out Barrington's Kurt Schnaubelt for the third out of the fourth inning in the Mid Suburban League conference championship game on Friday.

      Buffalo Grove third baseman Matthew Wolverton steps on the bag to force out Barrington's Kurt Schnaubelt for the third out of the fourth inning in the Mid Suburban League conference championship game on Friday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Barrington's Kurt Schnaubelt dives safely back to first base as Buffalo Grove's Griffin Kelly takes the attempted pick off throw in the Mid Suburban League conference championship baseball game on Friday, May 20, 2022.

      Barrington's Kurt Schnaubelt dives safely back to first base as Buffalo Grove's Griffin Kelly takes the attempted pick off throw in the Mid Suburban League conference championship baseball game on Friday, May 20, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Buffalo Grove pitcher Jack Alport throws against Barrington in the Mid Suburban League conference championship baseball game on Friday, May 20, 2022.

      Buffalo Grove pitcher Jack Alport throws against Barrington in the Mid Suburban League conference championship baseball game on Friday, May 20, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Barrington pitcher Logan Eisenbarth throws against Buffalo Grove in the Mid Suburban League conference championship baseball game on Friday, May 20, 2022.

      Barrington pitcher Logan Eisenbarth throws against Buffalo Grove in the Mid Suburban League conference championship baseball game on Friday, May 20, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Joe Lewnard/jlewnard@dailyherald.comGlenbrook South's Abigail Milott competes in long jump during the Class 3A girls state track preliminaries at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston Friday.

    Joe Lewnard/jlewnard@dailyherald.comGlenbrook South's Abigail Milott competes in long jump during the Class 3A girls state track preliminaries at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston Friday.

 
By Dick Quagliano
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 5/21/2022 10:37 AM

Buffalo Grove's Alex Beihoffer knew before anyone else.

"I knew Brody (Mac) would be the one," said Beihoffer, who was standing on third base in the bottom of the seventh inning representing the game-winning run.

 

"I was one hundred percent confident in Brody. He has never stepped up before. But this time was his time. And he picked a big time to step up and I am so proud of him."

Beihoffer's premonition was prolific. Mac delivered a sharp single past a drawn in infield to lift Buffalo Grove past Barrington 3-2 in the Mid Suburban League baseball championship game in Buffalo Grove.

"It was awesome," Mac said. "It is really surreal. Getting called up last year and plying this year and winning the game was awesome."

The Bison had runners on second and third thanks to a leadoff single by Beihoffer. Nathan Barbakoff followed with a double down the left field line that may have scored Beihoffer had the ball not scooted under the fence for a ground-rule double.

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Mac, who is a sophomore and batting in the ninth spot, then came to the plate with one out. But with first base open and Buffalo Grove's Jack Alport on deck, Barrington opted to pitch to Mac, who made the Broncos pay.

"It was a fastball outside," Mac said. "I was just trying to shoot it opposite side. And it got through the hole and I won the game."

It was the second consecutive MSL championship for Buffalo Grove (19-8). The Bison beat Barrington 4-3 last year.

"Brody Mac with the huge hit," Buffalo Grove coach Bill Montemayor said. "He is only a sophomore and he has gone up and down all year. I am just so happy for him."

It's been 20 years since Buffalo Grove hosted a Mid Suburban League baseball championship game. It has also been a tough year for Buffalo Grove to play or practice on their field this spring due to the rain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"I told the guys when we won the East, don't take this for granted," Montemayor said. "It doesn't happen every year. They earned this moment and they came through again."

The win also gave Alport his second consecutive win over the Broncos in the title game. Alport went the distance, allowing seven hits and striking out one.

"It was fun then and it was fun now," said Alport, who will play at Beloit next year. "I couldn't do this without this great team. The defense and the timely hitting per usual was great."

Barrington (22-6-2) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.

JD Swarbrick singled with one out. He then scored when Logan Eisenbarth drilled a two-out double to the gap to put the Broncos on top.

Buffalo Grove tied the game in the bottom of the fifth. Beihoffer, who had two hits on the day, singled. He then went to third on an errant pickoff attempt and would score on Michael Wolverton's single.

Barrington got back on top in its next at-bat.

Eisenbarth singled and was replaced by courtesy runner Ben Yaney. With two out, Barrington loaded the bases on a single by Payton Sosse and a walk to Harley Thompson.

Danny Hoffman, who had a superb day defensively at second base, starting a pair of double plays and making a sweet running catch on a pop fly, singled. Yaney scored, but the Bison got Sosse at the plate on a close play to keep the lead to 2-1.

Buffalo Grove tied in the bottom of the inning. Alport, who had singled and went to third on Payton Diaz's single, scored on a double play ball hit by Matthew Wolverton.

Alport retired the Broncos in order in the seventh, setting the stage for their win.

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