By PAUL HINES
---- — WALTONVILLE – Woodlawn used first inning offense and solid pitching to win 5-2 Monday.
“Hitting is key,” Woodlawn coach Mike Kehrer said. “I knew (Brendan Petersen) was going to throw strikes.
“He pitched well, but our bats we have to stay alive the whole game.”
The Cardinals struck for three runs in the opening inning against Waltonville starter Jordan Hale. Matt Kennedy, Derek Kehrer and Logan Isaac all had hits to help Woodlawn build the early lead.
“We got a lead in the first inning, and then we kind of went flat,” Kehrer said. “And you can't do that against any team.”
Woodlawn starter Brendan Petersen kept the Waltonville hitters off balance until late in the game.
Down 4-1 in the sixth, Waltonville was able to push across a run when Luke Thompson blooped a single into right field. The bases remained loaded for the Spartans with one out. Logan Isaac came in as a relief pitcher for Petersen.
Waltonville tried to creep closer when Jordan Hale broke for home on a passed ball. Woodlawn catcher Bryson Sanders grabbed the ball and flipped it to Isaac who tagged Hale out.
“I'll live with that,” Waltonville coach Brian Gamber said. “We want to be aggressive.”
Isaac pitched Woodlawn out of the inning without further damage from the Spartans.
“Logan's a bulldog,” Kehrer said. “Coming off three days rest, we didn't want to throw him more than about 20-25 pitches.
“I told him, you have to get it shut down, and he did.”
Waltonville had another chance in the seventh after Woodlawn made the score 5-2 in the top half of the inning when Kennedy scored after a Waltonville throwing error.
“The one extra run, it doesn't come back to haunt us, but a two-run game going into the last inning versus a three is a big difference,” Gamber said.
Reggie Eubanks reached on an error and moved to second on a passed ball. Waltonville had runners at first and third with one out after a single from Jacob Vanway. Again, Isaac was able to pitch his way out of trouble. This time the senior hurler got an out on the infield followed by a strikeout to end the game.
Hale pitched a complete game for the Spartans.
“Whenever he's on, he can be pretty tough,” Gamber said. “He's got pretty good velocity.”
Woodlawn improved to 3-6 this season, and Waltonville dropped to 2-7.