SOUTH BEND – The South Bend Silverhawks won their second straight Battle of the Bend by defeating Notre Dame 5-1 at Covelski Stadium on Tuesday evening."Hopefully we raised some money for a good cause," Notre Dame head coach Dave Schrage said.
The Silverhawks, who reached the 2008 Midwest League Championship Series, won last year's inaugural contest 5-3. A portion of this year's proceeds went to the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation to fight Niemann-Pick Type C.
"It's kind of a fun game," said Schrage. "It's a game that we wanted to do for the community and for a good cause to raise some money."
The Irish grabbed an early lead in the exhibition, but the Silverhawks quickly got on top and were able to shut Notre Dame out the rest of the way as the Irish saw the difference between aluminum and wooden bats.
"Coming right out of the gate, we actually hit the ball in the first inning, which I was surprised with because we never hit with wood bats," Schrage said. "It was a little different for us, but we put the ball in play and had something going."
Notre Dame scored in the top of the first when Golden Tate reached on an error and came home David Casey's RBI single. Casey's single was the only hit of the game for the Irish.
The home team came back with four in its half of the first. The first three batters reached before Justin Parker's RBI single and Ryan Babineau's two-run single. The final run of the frame came home on an error.
South Bend added another run in the third when Justin Parker led off the inning with a walk before the next batter, Alberto Diaz, tripled.
The Silverhawks pitchers retired 18 of the 20 Fighting Irish batters they faced after the first inning with only Evan Sharpley (hit by pitch) and Matt Grosso (walked) reaching base for Notre Dame.
"We hit some balls hard on the nose and they made some good plays," Schrage said. "You see the difference in hitting a hard ball and they cover the ground on those plays where in college those guys don't get to some of those balls."