WADSWORTH: A nine-run deficit through four innings turned into no big problem for host Wadsworth on Saturday at A.C. Ballfield.
Wooster had the momentum on its side, but Wadsworth had the resiliency to battle back and secure a 10-9 win in eight innings in game one of a doubleheader. The Grizzlies then topped the Generals 12-2 in a six-inning game two shortened by the 10-run rule.
Wadsworth senior Brad Scheiman went 6-for-7 at the plate during the sweep and ended game one when he smacked a single off the left-field wall to score senior Kyle Karaffa with one out. Scheiman had four hits in game two, scored once and batted in three runs.
“We knew that we had to keep the intensity up the whole game,” Scheiman said. “We knew we had a chance to come back. I came up to bat and got into a good spot. I just had to lift the ball into the air and I was able to get a good pitch to drive. It was a fastball.”
The Grizzlies (13-1) and Generals (7-4) met on a chilly and windy Saturday, which was Wadsworth coach Greg Pickard’s 36th birthday.
“We didn’t come out quite ready to play today,” Pickard said. “We kind of saw that in warm-ups, but luckily we stayed in it and stayed out of the 10-run rule in the fifth. Then the bats warmed up a little bit. We got some hits and they made a few mistakes. We took advantage of them and came back to win that game. In the second game, we told them to jump right back on them because that first game was a hard one for them to take.”
Pickard admitted he was “trying to think of something to say in-between games” to get his team ready for the second game before the rally started. The Grizzlies scored three runs in the fifth inning, two in the sixth, four in the seventh and one in the eighth.
“Baseball is a funny game,” Pickard said. “You just have to keep playing and never give up. You have to have quality at-bats and see what happens.
“[Senior] Chris Joyce did an amazing job in relief and pitched three real strong innings. We have used him sparingly throughout the year. He went in and walked a couple of guys, but he kept himself together. He started to pound the zone and just throw strikes. To hold them at nine was important to allow us to get back into the game. ”
Wooster made five errors in the final three innings of game one. Wadsworth senior Nate Aberle had three hits, two RBI and scored once. Sophomore Kyle Pennington scored three runs, and had one hit and one RBI.
“This was a total team effort,” Grizzlies sophomore Riley Campbell said. “We came back from nine. That is tough to do. It doesn’t happen every day. It is fun to see that.”
Karaffa and Riley Campbell scored three runs apiece in game two. Junior Aden Campbell collected two hits, four RBI and scored twice. Senior Jack Pecnik scored two runs, and sophomore Nick Bebout, the game one winning pitcher in relief, had two hits and two RBI in game two.
“[Junior pitcher] Eric Perebzak started the second game and he was big for us,” Pickard said. “To be able to ride him the second game and get the win was huge.”
Perebzak worked all six innings and limited the Generals to two runs and six hits.
“We have a cohesive unit,” Aden Campbell said. “We have got guys that have been playing with each other for awhile. I have been playing with half of these guys since I was nine. We all trust each other, and we all know that we are all capable of hitting, fielding and playing baseball at this level.”
Wooster’s Nick Buckingham had four hits and scored three runs Saturday. Cam Daugherty and Ryan Lally combined to have six hits and five RBI in the first game.
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