Hoguet leads Lancers past Granite for regional baseball title

For the News-DemocratMay 25, 2013 

— Two days after defeating Belleville West with his bat, senior Brandon Hoguet used his arm to help the Belleville East Lancers defeat the Granite City Warriors.

Hoguet pitched a complete game in Belleville East's 4-1 victory over Granite City on Saturday in the Class 4A O'Fallon Regional championship game.

"He's done a good job for us all year," Belleville East coach Todd Blomberg said of Hoguet. "Overall, he's probably been our most consistent player in terms of offense, pitching and defense.

"We had the guy we wanted in the right situation for us. I can't say enough about what he did on the mound."

Hoguet allowed the first run of the game in the third inning, but was lights out after that.

In the third, Granite City led off the inning with back-to-back hits. Sophomore Darrell Miller doubled to left field, and was then driven home on a single by junior Dalton Kuehnel.

"(Hoguet) attacked the strike zone," Granite City coach John Moad said. "He got a lot of first pitch outs. We knew he was going to be around the plate. He wasn't going to strike a ton of guys out. We could have been a little more patient, but you never want to take that aggressiveness away.

"He was throwing pitches we thought we could hit. We just didn't hit them well enough. Give him all the credit. He threw a great game."

Hoguet allowed only one run in seven innings, striking out two and walking none.

"I used a lot of fastballs," Hoguet said. "I pitch a cut slider. I just kind of developed it this year. It was really on today.

"That's what I got almost everyone out on. It was working really good."

East backed Hoguet's pitching performance by scoring four runs in the fifth inning off Granite City junior starting pitcher Austin Buzick.

The Lancers opened the fifth with three straight hits.

Senior Alec Pellegrino scored from third base off junior Kevin Horner's single to tie the game 1-1. Senior Danny Snyder hit a sacrifice fly to right field with the bases loaded to score senior Nathan Schmittling and give East a 2-1 lead.

An error by the Warriors would have ended the inning, but instead it allowed the Lancers to score two more runs.

With runners on second and third, Hoguet hit a grounder to Granite City senior shortstop Jordan Askins. Askins' throw to first base was low, and senior first baseman Brian Nemsky couldn't scoop it for the out. Horner scored from third easily, but junior Domonic Blaylock hustled all the way from second to just beat the throw home and give East a 4-1 lead.

"The balls didn't fall much for us," Blomberg said. "We had a few hits and scratched across four runs. Our hitters did a real good job. We did enough to get by today, and I'm very proud of them."

Granite City was the fifth and lowest seed in the O'Fallon Regional, but defeated Collinsville and top-seeded O'Fallon before losing to East in the title game.

"In the postseason here, I thought we played like the team we thought we had the whole season," Moad said. "We struggled most of the season. We were capable of winning a lot more games than we did. I think the postseason showed that. Unfortunately we came up a little short."

East defeated Belleville West 5-3 on Hoguet's walkoff two-run home run Thursday before defeating Granite City on Saturday.

The Lancers will advance to play Alton on Wednesday at Belleville West in a Bloomington Sectional semifinal.

"Thursday was a great moment," Hoguet said. "Today was a great moment. I hope we can keep it going."

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