Toledo/Winlock 6, Castle Rock 5 (13 innings)
Toledo/Winlock 5, Castle Rock 3
From The Daily News "Prep Baseball Roundup"
The Warhawks grabbed second place in the Trico with a sweep of the Rockets on Tuesday in Toledo.
T/W gave up just two walks in 20 innings, led by a gritty nine-inning performance from Wes Kuzminsky in Game 1 that saw him go toe to toe with an equally impressive Nate Williamson (nine innings, eight strikeouts, zero walks) from CR.
Conner Vermilyea tossed four shutout innings to take the Game 1 win, and Joel Martin and Dalton Yoder teamed up to limit CR to six hits in the nightcap.
“Our pitchers came in and threw well,” T/W coach Brian Demerast said.
“If you would have told me at the beginning of the year this is where we’d be sitting, I would have been ecstatic. These kids have come a long way.”
Vermilyea was the hero in more ways than one in the opener, with his two-out bloop single in the bottom of the 13th bringing home Gage Madill for the game-winning run after Madill singled and stole second.
“As soon as the ball was hit, (Madill) was gone,” Demerast said.
Following the same theme as the opener, Martin was the winning pitcher (5 1/3 innings, two strikeouts, five hits, two earned runs and one walk) and the offensive hero in the nightcap with a first-inning three-run home run. Yoder got the save with 1 2/3 scoreless innings, scattering one hit and one walk with one strikeout.
“I was really impressed with Toledo/Winlock,” CR coach Joe Bair said. “They played with a youthful energy about them, and we didn’t. ... They just played loose.”
Shawn Godinho was tabbed with the Game 1 loss for the Rockets, despite a valiant effort that saw him toss three scoreless frames leading into the 13th. Williamson was 3 for 5 with a double, T.J. Catlin had a two-run double and Andy Voelker two hits.
In Game 2, Mason Klingberg went all seven innings for CR. Williamson was 2 for 4 and Riley Grothen had an RBI double.
“Realistically both of those games could have gone either way,” Bair said. “We were a base hit away from winning both games.