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Strong Pitching, Timely Hitting Equal Sectional Win for Wildcats

posted May 10, 2017, 4:44 PM by Steve Barr
5/10/17 - Div. III Sectional Game
Woodmore    0 0 0    1 0 0    2 - 3   5   0
Genoa          0 0 0    0 0 0    0 - 0   3   1
The Woodmore baseball team rode the right arm of senior Austin Berkel while scratching out a couple runs to back him up in earning a 3-0 win at Genoa in their first Div. III sectional game.  With the win, the Wildcats advance to the sectional final at Lake on Friday at 5 p.m. Lake is the top seeded team in the district.  Woodmore, the #10 seed in the district, twice losers to 7th-seeded Genoa during the regular season, rode the complete-game, 94-pitch gem that Berkel threw.  Berkel struck out five and walked one allowing just three hits.  Berkel retired the side in order in five innings and faced just four batters in the second and third innings. In two of the innings he retired the side in order, he picked off a runner at first base.  Genoa did not have a runner advance past second in the game.  Meanwhile, the offense scored in the fourth and seventh innings.  In the fourth, senior Mason Beachler led off by drawing a walk.  Beachler stole second and after a line out, junior Kevin Paul walked. Junior Donovan Reyes then singled, but Beachler was caught at third rounding the base to far for the second out.  Paul and Reyes moved up one base on a passed ball and Paul scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch.  In the seventh, junior Derrick Berkel led off reaching on an error, going to second on the error.  After a strike out, senior DJ Wellons singled Berkel to third.  Wellons then stole second and moved to third when Berkel scored on a wild pitch.  Senior JT Atkin then grounded out with Wellons scoring on the play.  Woodmore had some other opportunities to score.  In the second, they had runners on first and second with two outs and didn't score.  In the fifth, the Wildcats got the first two batters on, but failed to score.  They also had two players aboard in the sixth with two outs.  Reyes was 2-for-3 at the plate and junior Hunter Stevenson was 2-for-2.