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.