NEW MANCHESTER — A couple of weeks after blowing an eight-run lead and in the end shedding towards Madonna, Oak Glen head coach Eric Hayden confused that his bullpen should enhance and enhance quick.
It has carried out since then main as much as the Class AA Area 1 Part 1 match. Left-hander Jered Hissam positively proved that case to be true Saturday in an elimination sport towards second-seeded Fairmont Senior.
Hissam tossed 2 1/3 strong innings in reduction of Nick Chaney to guide the top-seeded Golden Bears to a 12-9 victory and advance to a different elimination sport Monday towards Weir Excessive.
“Initially, he threw strikes, and that gave us a chance within the area,” Hayden mentioned. “He’s been fairly good the late half of the season. He’s been one other arm we are able to depend on. He has a pleasant little 1-2-3 to go together with him. He battles, we love him and we use him after we’re in tight conditions.
“Our bullpen has gotten higher. We’ve needed to depend on them a bit of extra currently, in order that gave them a couple of extra innings. I’ll take the blame for that, however they’ve been nice the final two weeks. Knock on wooden as a result of we’re going to want them.”
Earlier than the relievers started stepping it up, Oak Glen primarily relied on its high two starters in Chaney and Danny Bridges. Though Chaney was credited with the win Saturday, the Polar Bears had been throughout him, hanging for eight runs on 10 hits, two walks and punching out thrice.
Hissam entered with two outs within the high of the fourth after Fairmont Senior scored 5 occasions within the inning, together with 4 with two away. Fortunately for him and Hayden, their offense was on fireplace.
The Golden Bears scored thrice earlier than recording an out within the backside of the primary due to Hunter Patterson’s three-run bomb to left-center area. Hissam doubled and Bridges singled previous to the house run.
“Hunter positively jumpstarted it. He’s been our man all yr,” Hayden mentioned. “If he’s not first-team all-state, then I don’t know who’s.
“We couldn’t ask anymore from him. After we want an enormous hit, he’s been that man. And, that was a bomb virtually 400 ft.”
Hayden added that he believes it was Patterson’s first dinger of the season.
Oak Glen later loaded the bases with two outs nonetheless within the first. Buck Franklin delivered with an RBI single, and Cody Patterson scored on a throwing error.
The Golden Bears added a run within the second on a Hunter Rhoades run-scoring base knock for a 6-2 benefit.
Throughout a three-run third to extend the result in 9-3, Bridges produced a two-run single. Franklin, who completed with two hits and a free move, later scored on a fielding error, the second of 5 general from Fairmont Senior.
With the lead trimmed to 9-8 heading to the underside of the fifth, the Bears struck for 3 insurance coverage runs. Bridges delivered once more, this time with an RBI double after a misplay in left area. Two batters later, Rhoades drove a pair dwelling along with his personal two-bagger.
General, Oak Glen hitters two by means of 4 (Bridges, Hunter Patterson and Rhoades) mixed for seven hits and 9 RBIs. Bridges had 4 hits himself.
Sammy Viani began for the Polar Bears and solely recorded one out earlier than being pulled. He allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 4 hits, one stroll and struck out one. Gunner Riley tossed the following 4 frames earlier than being changed with one out within the fifth.
Evan Dennison completed with a single, two doubles and three RBIs for Fairmont Senior. Riley had a single, double and drove dwelling two runs. Gavin Blair and Kyle Brubaker every had a two-bagger, whereas Blair additionally drove one dwelling.
Oak Glen started the match by falling to fourth-seeded North Marion, 3-1, on Wednesday. The Huskies then bested third-seeded Weir Excessive, 11-8, on Friday.
“Our motto all yr has been throw strikes, area the ball and let the whole lot else deal with itself,” Hayden mentioned. “In these two postseason video games, they’ve carried out that. In opposition to North Marion, we simply didn’t give you the massive hit. We’ve performed two pretty clear video games, and we’ve been nice within the area.”
THEY MEET AGAIN
Bridges began the sport on Wednesday and is eligible to face Weir Excessive Monday. Throughout their solely matchup of the season, Bridges tossed a no-hitter throughout a 3-0 victory on Could 12 at dwelling.
“That no-hitter means nothing now. They’re a unique crew, and we’re a unique crew,” Hayden mentioned. “It’s going to be a battle as a result of it’s a rivalry. I do know they’ll give us their greatest, and we’re going to provide them our greatest. We’re anticipating to come back again right here, struggle and provides the whole lot we now have to advance.”
Brubaker started the highest of the seventh by hanging out swinging. He foul-tipped the ball, and it sounded as if it hit the bottom. Catcher Colton Ash picked it, and the house plate umpire dominated a strikeout.
Following a couple of moments of arguing with coaches and Brubaker, he requested for assist from the opposite umpires and upheld his choice. The subsequent two batters flew out on the primary pitch to finish the sport.
Oak Glen 12, Fairmont Senior 9
Fairmont 0-2-1 5-0-1 0 — 9 11 5
Oak Glen 5-1-3 0-3-0 x — 12 11 0
FAIRMONT SENIOR: S. Viani (LP, 1/3IP, 5R (4ER), 4H, 1BB, 1K), Riley (4IP, 7R (4ER), 5H, 2BB, 4K), D. Viani (1 2/3IP, 0R, 2H, 0BB, 1K) and Miller. Brubaker D; S. Viani S, RBI; Blair D, RBI; Miller S; Dennison S, 2D, 3RBIs; Riley S, D, 2RBIs; Runyan S, RBI; Flowers S, RBI.
OAK GLEN: Chaney (WP, 4 2/3IP, 8R, 10H, 2BB, 3K), Hissam (2 1/3IP, 1R, 1H, 4BB, 4K) and Ash. Hissam S; Bridges 3S, D, 3RBIs; H. Patterson HR, 3RBIs; Rhoades S, D, 3RBIs; Chaney S; Ash S; Franklin 2S, RBI.