Baseball District 116 at Colon
Colon 8, Centreville 7
With a little late-inning magic, Colon laid claim to the Division 4 district championship with an 8-7 win Centreville.
The Magi spent most of the game trailing, and were down 7-6 headed to the bottom of the seventh inning. With two outs and nobody on, Colon rattled off four consecutive hits, including the game-winning single from Brandan Barkman.
Austin Stoll started the rally, with the first of four-straight singles. Jonathan Smolarz followed up with a hit, and would score the winning run. Matthew Bissett drove in one run, setting the stage for Barkman, who delivered in momentous fashion.
Offensive production was very balanced for Colon, as five difference players drove in a run, and eight different players scored runs. Austin Stoll and Jonathan Smolarz both led Colon with two hits. Andrew Smolarz homered in the second inning, getting Colon on the board for the first time in the game.
Centreville established an early lead, scoring two runs in the first inning. That lead grew to as much as four, as the Bulldogs led 5-1 after four innings. In the fifth, Colon started its comeback, scoring five runs to take its first lead of the game.
Centreville countered quickly, with one run in the sixth inning to tie. The Bulldogs then regained the lead in the seventh inning, when Sam LaValle scored on an error. Hunter Hutchinson had 2 RBI for Centreville, while Kyzer Bowen, Chad Spence and Jared Spencer Jared each drove in one run. Alex Meyer went 4-for-5 and scored three runs.
W- Andy Stoll: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
L- Alex Meyer: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Colon 5, Mendon 4 – eight innings
In the semifinal matchup, Colon also relied on a late run to sneak past Mendon, 5-4.
After watching Mendon tie the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh, Colon got the go-ahead run in the eighth when Austin Stoll drove in Andy Stoll with a single. The base hit capped off a big day for Austin Stoll, who went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, driving in 3 RBI.
Austin Stoll also earned the win, throwing three innings and allowing one run on two hits.
Mendon got a solid outing from Cole Decker, who went 5 1/3 innings and had 11 strikeouts. Decker did issue five free passes, and allowed two runs on seven hits. Mikki Feister drove in the tying run in the bottom of the seventh, and finished with two hits. Noah Slaughtter led Mendon with 2 RBI on a 2-for-3 performance at the plate.
Andrew Smolarz and Brandan Barkman each drove in a run for Colon.
W- Austin Stoll: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
L- Wyatt Cool: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Centreville 9, Burr Oak 0
In the other semifinal, Centreville cruised to a 9-0 win over Burr Oak, reaching the championship game against Colon.
Jared Spencer Jared was dominant on the mound for the Bulldogs, pitching a complete-game shutout. Jared allowed two hits, while posting 12 strikeouts. Centreville combined for eight hits as a team, and drew 10 walks. The Bulldogs also had four extra-base hits, all doubles, from Derek Gleaton, Hunter Hutchinson, Trae Martin and Chad Spence.
Hutchinson led Centreville with 4 RBI. Spence added 2 RBI, while Martin and Alex Meyer each added one. Kyzer Brown drew three walks and scored a run. Gleaton set the table well for the rest of the batting order, going 3-for-4 from his leadoff spot, and scoring four runs.
Centreville did a bulk of its damage early in the contest, scoring three runs in the first inning, two more in the second, and added a run in the third and fourth innings.
Braxton Hernandez had a double for Burr Oak, while Noah Greene added a single.
W- Jared Spencer Jared: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 K
L- Noah Greene: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 2 K