Wilson claims 5A baseball crown


HILLSDALE - 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 June 2 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.by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - One week after winning the state 5A baseball championship, Joe Rapport of Joe's Burgers in Raleigh Hills treated the Wilson High School team to lunch before it started its summer season.

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 (lead-off 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 because of 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.