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Wilson catches fading Summit to claim 5A baseball crown

KEIZER - The Wilson Trojans scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning - including the winning run on a throwing error - to win the Class 5A baseball championship Saturday at Volcanoes Stadium.

Wilson beat Summit 7-6 in a game that included 10 hits by each team, plus a combined eight errors and six hit batters.

The Portland Interscholastic League 5A champion Trojans, who also rallied for wins in the state quarterfinals and semifinals, finished the season with a 23-8 record. Summit was 25-6.

Wilson's last-inning rally featured base hits - in order - by Austin Andrews (leadoff single), Philip Blatt (one-out RBI single after a wild pitch moved Andrews to second), Brendan Freeman (double) and John Venables (tying, two-run double).

After Venables' hit, Summit intentionally walked No. 8 batter Jonah Harris, who was 3 for 3, to set up the double-play.

The Storm then got Tyler Seeley to ground to second, and Summit got Harris at second base - only to have the shortstop's ensuing poor throw allow pinch-runner Kevin Shimomaeda to score from second with the decisive run.

Reliever Blatt picked up the win after giving up three hits but no runs in 2 2/3 innings.

Wilson starter Gerhett Moser was touched for six runs, all earned, on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out six without a walk, plus two balks.

Wilson got out of a potential jam in the first inning on a lineout double-play, and Summit's two-run second inning was cut short in part due to a caught stealing on a close tag at home.

Summit led 3-0 after three innings, but Wilson tied the game with three runs - all unearned - in the third. The third run came home on a two-out wild pitch.

The Storm took a 4-3 lead in the top of the fourth and added two runs in the fifth.

But Wilson continued its pattern of late-game heroics.

Summit starter Kevin Hamann went 6 1/3 innings. Through six innings, he had eight stirkeouts and no earned runs allowed. But he wound up throwing 127 pitches.