The Windthorst Trojans got off to a good start in the best of three series in the Class 2A, Region 2 Semifinal matchup with the Bosqueville Bulldogs. A 6-4 win gives the Trojans a one game lead. Cy Belcher, the winning pitcher in Game 3 against Muenster last week, is still available. Hunter Wolf, winning pitcher in Game 2 against Muenster, pitched three innings in the opener against the Bulldogs so he is available for some innings as well.
Nathan Bales, Trojan lead-off hitter, turned a Bosqueville error into the first run of the game. He stole second and moved up to third on a Colton Bates single. The Evans High School field in Haslett has a lot of distance between home plate and the backstop so Bales easily scored from third on a wild pitch to put Windthorst up by a run with a runner on. Cy Belcher’s single to plate Bates made it 2-0 in the top of the first. Bulldog Jase Ayala drove in two runs with a triple in the bottom of the second inning. It stayed that way until the top of the fourth.
Trojan catcher, Sam McQuerry, singled in the top of the fourth to give Windthorst a 4-2 lead. Gavin Steinberger was on base with a single and Bales drew a walk. Bosqueville’s Ayala evened the score again with a double scoring two runs. At the end of four innings the score was tied 4-4.
Hunter Wolf was on the mound for the first three innings. He left the game with a 4-2 lead after giving up 2 hits and 2 runs. Having thrown only 36 pitches Coach Scott Belcher was probably reserving some pitches for later in the series. Colton Bates took over in the bottom of the fourth. He pitched very well with some good defense behind him he was able to shut out the Bulldogs in the last three innings after giving up two in the bottom of the fourth.
The distant backstop played yet another role in the Trojan go ahead run. Awtry Blagg drew a one out walk in the top of the fifth. After stealing second base he advanced to third on a balk call. Coach Belcher had been pointing out the motion of Bulldog pitcher Will McClellan to the umpires. At this critical time the balk was called. A passed ball allowed Blagg with a big lead at third to score the go ahead run. After five complete innings Windthorst led 5-4.
In the top of the sixth McQuerry and Bales teamed up for an insurance run. Bales hustling down the first base line on a slow grounder to able to get on when the ball bounced out of the fielder’s glove. McQuerry made the Bulldogs pay for the error with a triple. Bates crossed the plate for the third time in the contest and McQuerry got his third RBI. The 6-4 cushion held up as Bates retired the side.