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June 6, 2014

State finals notebook: Defense shines despite error total

PEORIA —

Webber's defense was officially credited with six errors in Friday's state semifinal game against New Athens.

Despite the high total, it was Webber's defense that kept them close.

The Trojans cut down three New Athens runners at home. One came from the arm of Chris Bush in the bottom of the seventh to keep the Trojans tied and send the game to extras.

New Athen's Alec Wade led off the frame with a single and moved into scoring position after an error. Luke Mueller lofted a fly ball out to Bush in right. The Webber outfielder settled under the ball, caught it and fired home. Catcher Lane Moser slapped a tag down for an out. Bush took a fly ball one batter later to end the inning and help send the game to extras.

Webber's first strike to the plate came in the opening inning and kept the game scoreless. The Yellow Jackets' leadoff hitter Charlie Rousan opened the game with a walk and stole second. He took third after an error. With a runner on first and third, New Athens tried to engineer a double steal. Webber catcher Lane Moser threw down to second base. Gage Raudenbush fired the ball back to Moser in time to get Rousan at the plate.

Webber also cut down a runner trying to score in the fifth. Nick Ozier knocked a single. Jim Kiefer hit a fly ball that left fielder Zane Austin raced in on. Austin slid, but the ball slipped under his glove. Ozier rounded third and headed for home, but Austin's outfield hurl cut him down for an out.

 

Damage at the bottom

 

The bottom of the New Athens order had the best success against Webber starter Jordan Wheeler.

Wheeler was able to limit New Athens' top hitter Brandon Contratto to a single and a walk in the first and third innings. Wheeler won the individual battle with Contratto in the fourth, sixth and eighth innings getting him out each time.

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