Cody Graf entered with two outs and a runner on third in the seventh and got Pittard to fly out to center.
The Berries had rare pitching depth this season — they had seven arms that Turner felt confident in — but weren’t able to use that to their advantage as much as they’d like in finishing with a 17-10 record. Of course they did have four rainouts in April where they could have possibly added to the win total.
“We had seven pitchers in our starting rotation. That’s always a good thing,” Jordan said. “Our seniors, they were a real good group. Then we also have nine juniors returning next year, so we should be pretty solid next year, too. It’ll be different without these seniors though.”
The Berries will lose pitchers Graf, Connor Looker and Zach Shilts, starting outfielders Luna and Corcoran, second baseman Rozzi and first baseman/DH Luke Vernon to graduation.
Turner was pleased with the season.
“We were a good team; it just didn’t happen for us today,” he said. “We play in a tough conference. You’re not going to go undefeated in our conference. We competed with everybody.
“The majority of our team is back. We have some good players with some potential.”
The Berries will return several contributors including four of their top pitchers in Jordan, Clayton Frye, Clements and Palmer for their senior seasons next year.
Catcher Chris Jones led the third inning off with a would-be double down the right-field line for the Berries but was thrown out at second after getting stuck in the mud during his head-first slide.
Frye hit a one-out double in the fourth about halfway up the chain-link fence in the short porch in right. But Ripke fanned the next two hitters to end the inning, just as he ended the third. He then retired the final seven Berry hitters of the game.