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May 31, 2010 - Zach Baker
And Heidelberg does something for the first inning, scoring three unearned runs when Jason Lash lines a double down the left field line with two outs. Willie Brechun was the third runner to score, and he would have been out by 15 feet, but the throw home went underneath and through catcher Mitch Webb.
Everett Thomas, one of Heidelberg's two seniors, is making his first appearance of the postseason, and his first start since a regular season game at Marietta April 17.
Everett Thomas works around around a walk, and Heidelberg turns its tournament-leading sixth double play of the tournament.
Through two complete. 3-0 HU.
Steve Decker just cut down his third runner trying to steal on him. I think that was a hit and run without the hit, but nontheless, Decker is 3 for 3 in throwing out runners.
After two and a half, still 3-0 Heidelberg. Gar Keen just missed a two-run homer by a few feet in center. As it is, a long fly out.
Thomas works around a single in the third for another shutout inning. He has walked a couple, but is getting the pitches when he needs them.
Alex Monroe doubles to lead off the fourth, then Andrew Buelow singles him home. 4-0 Heidelberg top 4.
Still in fourth, Heidelberg has loaded the bases with one out. Out comes Linfield starter Robert Vaughn, in comes Tommy George, who gets decker to check-wing a ball back to him. One-two-three double play. Ouch for Heidelberg.
With one out in the bottom of the fourth, Jason Lash makes a diving stop on a ball hit by Cole Bixenman and throws him out. Everett's through 4.
Heidelberg gets two hits in the fifth, but a double play in between them wipes out a big inning. Still 4-0 after four and a half.
Thomas works out of a two on, two out jam. 4-0 Heidelberg through five.
George has done a really nice job. He allows a double to Anderzejczak. If Heidelberg loses this game, the questions will go back to that fourth inning, when Decker hit into an inning ending 1-2-3 double play.
Heidelberg leads 4-1 after the Wildcats plated a run on a Bixenman sac fly.Still in the sixth with a runner on first and two down. Thomas leaves after having allowed four hit over 5 2/3 innings. The writer beside me calls it a clutch performance. I agree.
Nino comes in and walks the first batter. He faces Mitch Webb, who hits two homers and a homer ties the game, but Nino gets Webb to ground to Lash. Through six.
Now through seven, remains 4-1. Nino threw a 1-2-3 seventh.
Heidelberg puts runners on the corners with two outs and Lizcano up in the eighth. Lizcano hits into a 6-4 force. George has done a great job. Bottom eight, 4-1 HU.
Nino walks Dustin Smith to leadoff the eighth, bringing up the No. 3 and 4 hitters. Yikes.
Then Kelson Brown singles and Bixenman doubled, bringing in a run. Runners at second and third, no outs. 4-2. Here comes Lowe.
Andy Lowe hits his first batter. Tying run at second go-ahead run at first. Lowe goes 2 and 0 on Felton... then Felton hammers one over the left field fence for a grand slam. First homer allowed by Heidelberg in this tournament. The walk set the whole inning up.
It's 6-4 going to the top of the ninth.
Decker leads off. Three outs left in Heidelberg's season. He flies out to the left center gap. Here's Keen. Gar grounds to third, leaving it up to Brechun.
To me, the MVP is George, the biggest play might have been Decker's check swing double play.
Brechun flies to right, ending the season.