By Paul Hines
MT. VERNON —
Webber's baseball team finished second after a 5-3 loss to Edwards County in the championship of its Spring Kick-Off Tourney on Saturday evening.
“I thought you saw postseason atmosphere all week,” Webber coach Sam Root said. “I thought it was very evident tonight with the game we saw tonight.”
Woodlawn took away third place with an 8-6 win against Patoka earlier in the day.
“I feel like we're heading in the right direction,” Woodlawn coach Mike Kehrer said. “Every one of these boys can play the game. And it takes all of them.”
In the title game, Webber trailed 2-0 after the second inning.
The Trojans fought back into the game with a patient approach at the plate that saw the team draw nine walks. Webber's first run of the game came on Logan Ganieany's bases loaded walk in the third. The run sliced the Edwards County lead to 2-1.
Gage Raudenbush had one of Webber's two hits of the game. It came in the fourth and forced home a run to keep the Trojans within a run at 3-2.
Edwards County answered with two runs I the seventh to pushed its lead to 5-2.
“You give them credit for putting the bat on the ball,” Root said. “We had two out, nobody on.”
Ganieany pitched six innings, including waiting out a 20-minute delay after the stadium lights went dark, for Webber and finished with eight strikeouts.
“He battled, and he was very good on the mound,” Root said. “We have to give him a little better defense and score some runs for him.”
Lane Moser drew two walks and added a hit for Webber.
Woodlawn 8, Patoka 6
Woodlawn rallied from an early deficit to beat Patoka in the third-place game.
Patoka struck early against starting pitcher Jeremiah Lyday. The Woodlawn hurler hit two Patoka batters and walked another as Patoka pushed three runs across the plate in the opening inning.
Patoka's lead lasted until the fifth when Woodlawn's offense exploded for seven runs. Lyday had a two-run double in the inning. The hit gave Woodlawn's its first lead of the game at 4-3. Tanner Hill capped the offensive inning with an RBI single that made the advantage 8-3.
“We're back to the same old thing,” Kehrer said. “Wait until the third, four, fifth inning to start coming alive with our bats. That's something we need to work on.
“I can't ask these guys to play any harder. They play hard.”
Patoka closed the gap with three runs in the final two innings.
Lyday pitched five and third innings for Woodlawn in the victory.
Woodlawn lost its semifinal matchup with Edwards County on Thursday night 17-8. Bryson Sanders hit a grand slam for Woodlawn. Hayden Baker added a hit and two RBI. Joel Robinson finished with two hits. Dylan Smith also had two hits and an RBI.