April 3, 2017

Close call sinks Maroons in '12 sectional game

Five years ago with a new head coach and their fifth consecutive regional title, the Moline baseball team was poised to make an even deeper run into postseason when they took the field against Minooka in their sectional semifinal game on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University.

The Maroons took the lead in the third inning and it looked as if they would advance to the title game nursing their three-run lead. However, in the bottom of the ninth after a pair of deadlocked innings at 3-all, the Indians' Nicholas Fleischauer scored on a single from second base ending Moline's season on a call that is likely a source of emotional pain and one for dispute for more years to come.

Nicholas Fleischauer slides at home for the win.
Safe or out? Too close to call, but umpire did and the Maroons came out on the wrong side of the call. Did Nicholas Fleischauer beat out Moline catcher Nick Runco tag? Look at the photo below. It's hard to tell from the camera angle if Fleischauer's fingertips touched the plate before or after Runco gets the tag on his shoulder.
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Moline's season may have finished 23-14 and a game shy of an elusive sectional title but the memories will live on with a few of the game photos we published on Instagram today. Here's just five of the more than 400 images that were shot during the game by photographer Clark Brooks. When you are ready to see more photos from the game submit an archive search request.

Moline senior Jake Frost holds up the ball after making a diving catch in the Maroons' state sectional semifinal against Minooka. The Maroons fell 4-3 in the 9th inning to the Indians, ending their IHSA postseason run in 2012.

Junior Dallas DeVrieze unloads a pitch late in Moline's sectional semifinal. See more baseball photos in our online archive here.

Timmy Wages claps while cheering for a teammate who makes to first.

Sophomore Braden Mosley gives a high-five to teammate Timmy Wages after scoring a run for Moline. See more baseball photos in our online archive here. Search for games or players by name or date any time. Can't find what you are looking for? Submit an archive search request.

Minooka's Nicholas Fleischauer is called safe at home while Maroons' Nick Runco holds up the ball to show he has control over the play. The 9th inning call stood punching the ticket for Indians to advance to the IHSA sectional title game.

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