Article By: JUSTIN CARLUCCI firstname.lastname@example.org
The Schreiner brothers play a huge part in the Northwestern baseball team’s success, and they have the right attitudes to bring the best out of each other.
Tyler Schreiner recorded his 100th career hit on May 2, an accomplishment that only one other player in Northwestern history (assistant coach Josh Perich) has reached.
But out of all of those career hits, Tyler might have found a favorite after an 11-10 Colonial League semifinal win against Southern Lehigh at Parkland on Tuesday.
The Tigers trailed by seven runs heading into the seventh inning. After Schreiner led off the final frame with a double, the entire lineup helped chip away at the seven-run deficit. Suddenly Northwestern trailed by just one run with one out and two men on.
Schreiner, who got the party started at the beginning of the rally, launched a rocket to deep right field, which found space just before the right-field fence, narrowly missing a home run. Two runs scored, Schreiner had the game-winning hit, and the Tigers completed a comeback in a style that many have never seen before in Colonial League history.
“Yes, definitely tonight,” Tyler said when asked if the go-ahead double was his most memorable hit. “At first I thought it would be caught for a sacrifice fly, but then it kept going and I saw it bounce.”
Tyler finished the game with two doubles and a single, and now he’s currently hitting .494 this season with 39 hits, 13 RBIs, and 26 runs. His brother Trevor keeps him motivated.
“We definitely have a rivalry going on,” Tyler said. “It’s like ‘hey I got two hits today,’ or ‘hey I got three hits today.’ We love it. We definitely want to put a gold around our neck on Thursday and avenge the last two years, where we came in second. We have a good feeling about this year.”
Trevor, a junior, had a double and drove in a run during the crazy comeback victory.
“I haven’t been in a game like that,” Trevor said. “It was exciting. We just wanted to keep hitting the ball, if the ball was in the zone, go and hit it. It was a good fight and we fought until the end.”
Trevor, who hits in the heart of the order behind Tyler, is batting a smooth .406 with 24 RBIs in 2017, many of which include his brother crossing the plate off the crack of his bat.
“I’m the better one,” Trevor joked. “It’s exciting. We always have competitions on who can hit better. Right now, he’s got it. This is our third time heading to the Colonial League championship. We lost twice, so let’s go get this one.”
Tyler and Trevor will help lead the charge in the Colonial League championship against Notre Dame (Green Pond) at Parkland on Thursday at 6 p.m.