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Minooka 5-29-2010 Varsity

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5-29-2010 vs. Minooka Indians – Regional Championship

 

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Wildcats Fall 4-3 in Regional Championship

The Normal West Wildcats played with the lead for most of the game, but couldn’t quite close the door on the Minooka Indians.  Minooka came up with two runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to hand the Wildcats a gut-wrenching 4-3 loss, ending their season at 28-9.  The Indians move on to the IWU sectional with a record of 30-7.

The Indians got out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st when the leadoff hitter reached on an error, moved up on a wild pitch and scored on a double.  Wildcat starter Alex Jefferson then settled in and got through the first two innings.  The Wildcats took the lead in the 2nd inning when Jacob Birlingmaier legged out an infield chopper, Michael Collins walked, and both moved up on a wild pitch.  Wes Sery doubled to left center to score both runners and scored himself on a seeing-eye ground ball past the second baseman by Erik Sipes.  Sipes reached second on the play and moved up to third when Tyler Emmerson bunted for a base hit.  The Wildcats, though, were hurt when both Emmerson and Sipes were thrown out on a double steal.

After the Indians got a leadoff double in the 3rd inning, Adam Seifert came on to replace Jefferson on the mound.  The Indians sacrificed the runner over and brought him home with a fly ball to left field to make the score 3-2.  The score remained that way for the next three innings.  The Wildcats got out of a tough first and third situation in the 4th inning when the Indians tried to force a balk.  Seifert stepped off and faked a throw to second that drew the runner on third off just enough to nail him for the third out.

The Wildcats threatened to extend their lead in each of the 4th through 7th innings, but could never push one across.  In the 7th, Seifert walked the leadoff batter and gave way to Tyler Emmerson.  The Indians sacrifice the runner to second and then had a groundout to short before a two out double down the left field line tied the score.  After a walk, an infield grounder was misplayed just far enough to allow the winning run to score.

Jefferson pitched two innings giving up two runs on two hits with one walk and three strikeouts.  Seifert tossed four innings giving up one run on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts.  Emmerson was the hard luck loser, pitching 2/3 of an inning with a run on a hit and a walk.  Sophomore standout Josh Jiminez pitched the complete game for the Indians to raise his record to 11-0.

Seven Wildcats had a hit and Wes Sery batted in two runs to lead the way.

That wraps up the Wildcats season at 28-9.  Seven seniors – Michael Collins, Brock Stewart, Jason Cullen, Jacob Birlingmaier, Tyler Emmerson, Brandon Brittin and Drew Filosa were the heart of the team this year and had a great season overall.

5-27-2010 vs. Bradley Bourbonnais Boilermakers

 

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Wildcats Open Regional with Victory

The Normal West Wildcats got a measure of revenge on the Bradley Bourbonnais Boilermakers and their ace, John Fightmaster, beating them 8-4 in the Regional semi-final.  Fightmaster shut down the Wildcats last year in the Regional Final, ending the season.  This year, the Wildcats put constant pressure on the Boilermakers, scoring in five of six innings and leaving nine more runners on base.  The victory bring the Wildcats record to 28-8 on the season.

Kyle Vaughn started on the mound for the Wildcats and kept Bradley pretty quiet for the first five innings.  The Boilermakers applied some pressure of their own in the 6th, trailing 6-2, by starting the inning with a walk, single and double before Tyler Emmerson relieved Vaughn with one in and runners on second and third.  A couple of short fly balls and a fielder’s choice only allowed one additional run and kept some breathing room for the Wildcats.  Vaughn pitched five innings with four runs on six hits and three walks and three strikeouts.  Emmerson went two innings for the save, only giving up one walk.

The Wildcat offense got on the board first when Brock Stewart singled to right and Jason Cullen got hit by a pitch.  Two wild pitches moved the runners up and brought in Stewart.  In the 2nd, Tyler Emmerson beat out a chopper for a hit and Michael Collins doubled over the left fielders head to put two men on.  Emmerson scored on a dropped third strike throw to first and Collins scored on an Alex Jefferson single to left.  In the 4th, Adam Seifert doubled and scored on a Kyle Vaughn base hit up the middle.  Courtesy runner Trey Rogers then stole second base and scored on a Stewart double to right center.  In the 5th, Jacob Birlingmaier doubled to start the inning and Tyler Emmerson brought home Brandon Brittin, who was running for him, with another double.  In the 6th, Vaughn singled again to lead off the inning and Rogers, pinch-running now, again stole second base.  An intentional walk to Stewart and single to short left by Cullen filled the bases.  Birlingmaier then took one in the back to score Rogers and Wes Sery drove home Stewart with a single to right.

Vaughn, Stewart, Sery and Emmerson led the Wildcats with two hits on a day when all nine starters had at least one and seven different Wildcats got an RBI.

The Wildcats meet Minooka in the Regional Final on Saturday at 10:00 AM at Minooka.