CIC League Finale: Johnson has shutout, but Bears battle

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 21, 2022

South 9, Bartlett 0
Starter Issac Johnson fired a 3-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts in a dominating performance at Mulcahy Stadium.

But maybe the biggest star was Bartlett pitcher Nick Brandal, who came on in relief and tossed five consecutive shutout innings against the CIC's first-place team.

Brandal came on with the Golden Bears down 8-0 with one out in the first inning in what looked like a laugher.

He wasn't playing around, though.

Brandal allowed one run to score before throwing up a bunch of goose eggs in an excellent effort.

He pitched a 1-2-3 second inning, struck out two batters in the third inning and saw his defense cut down a run at the plate in the sixth inning.

South's 3-hole hitter Curtis Hebert - who has really come on in the last two weeks - went 4-for-4 with a double and three RBIs for the Wolverines (21-0, 7-0 CIC).

Sean Giffen went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. AJ Sawicki was also 2-for-4 and Oliver Brown 2-for-3.

Bartlett's Eli Corwin went 2-for-3, including a single on the first pitch of the game. Luke Helgeson also had a base hit for Bartlett (6-11, 0-7 CIC).