Freshman Jospeh Chiarodo's three-run homer ended the game to help defeat the Alton Redbirds 16-4 in the Regional Semifinals.

EDWARDSVILLE – The Edwardsville Tigers baseball team defeated the Alton Redbirds 16-4 after five innings in the regional semifinals Wednesday night.

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Having himself a night was freshman Joseph Chiarodo. He went two-for-three against Alton including a three-run walk-off home run.

The Tigers led 13-4 when Joe stepped up to the plate. After he put the ball over the fence in left-center his teammates stormed the field to celebrate the walk-off win via the mercy rule. Joe is one of the iCAN Clinic Male Athletes of the Month for the Tigers.

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Joe didn’t even expect the ball to reach the fence.

“I thought it was going to hit the wall and be a double, so I was hustling out of the box, but then I saw the umpire move his hand around, so I was happy,” Chiarodo said postgame.

“Joe put a good swing on it,” Edwardsville head coach Tim Funkhouser said. “He’s been a guy ready to break out. It’s good to see him get a couple of hits today.”

Chiarodo and the Tigers move on to the regional championship game this Saturday where they’ll take on the winner between Quincy and Granite City.

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