Mt. Vernon Register-News


May 29, 2014

Webber advances to sectional final

COBDEN —  Webber knocked off Goreville 10-7 in extra innings Wednes­day at the 1A Cobden sectional semifinal.

Webber scored five times in the top of the eighth to seize a big ad­vantage. Jordan Wheeler closed out the game for the Trojans and surren­dered a pair of bases loaded walks.

Logan Gaineany was the winning pitcher.

Wheeler broke the deadlock in the top of the eighth inning. Wheeler slammed a double to the deepest part of the park. The blast chased home a run and gave the Trojans a 6-5 edge. Michael Gar­tin continued to help the Trojans’ cause when he knocked a single to score two more Trojans and give Webber an 8-5 cushion. A bases loaded walk to Zane Austin made the score 9-5, and Logan Gaineany made it 10-5 All the runs came with two outs.

“We had some big two­out hits right there,” Web­ber coach Sam Root said.

The two teams traded the lead early in the game. Webber jumped out to a 1-0 edge in the top
 of the first. Lane Moser laced an RBI single to give the Trojans the open­ing advantage.

Goreville countered with a couple of runs in the bottom of the second. Blaine Dunning blooped a hit over Webber short­stop Jaxon Helm to even the game at 1-1. Dunning eventually came around to score after a Webber error to give the Blackcats a 2-1 lead.

It wasn’t long before Webber seized the lead back again. The Trojans struck for two of their own in the third. Lane Moser grounded out, but the out drove in a run to even the score again. This time at
 3-3. Webber took a slim advantage when Gage Raudenbush, who had walked, scored on a Gor­eville mistake. Rauden­bush’s run gave Webber a 4-3 lead.

Goreville’s offense again answered Webber. The Blackcats pushed three runs across in the bottom of the third. The big blow was another hit from Dun­ning. With the game tied at 4-4, Dunning knocked a two-run single to give Goreville a 5-3 edge.

The advantage stood until Webber’s Chris Bush launched a long two-run homer over the left field fence to even the score at 5-5 in the fifth inning.

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