Wildcats eliminate Perry Central

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By Larry Goffinet

ROCKPORT—Perry Central had only three hits in a 12-0 loss to Mater Dei in the first round of the Class 2A baseball sectional Saturday.

Perry Central got singles from Lucas Bryant in the first inning, Seth Raetz in the fourth, and Joey Peter in the fifth.

But those were the only Commodores to reach base, as Mater Dei gave up no walks and committed no errors.

No Perry Central runner made it past first base.

Mater Dei had 15 hits, including seven for extra bases.

Perry Central was charged with only two errors on defense, though the Wildcats hit some other balls that Perry Central Coach Gary Hanan thought should have been caught.

“Our defense put us behind the eight ball,” said Hanan. “I don’t think they should have scored any runs in the first inning.”

Instead the scored four on five hits and one error to build a quick lead.

Leadoff hitter Brad Wannemuehler hit a ball just out of the reach of the shortstop that went for a double.

He was then thrown out trying to steal third base. Catcher Bryant was a bright spot for the Commodores on defense, as he threw out both Mater Dei runners who tried to steal in the game.

Cody Hess followed with a single to left field, though, and Hank LaRue hit a single off the right fielder’s glove.

Seth LaRue hit a two-run double into the gap in left-center.

One out later Hunter Owen hit an infield pop-up that should have been the third out. But it was dropped, allowing Seth LaRue to score.

Corbin Green then singled home Owen.

Wannemuehler hit for the cycle, as he added a triple to deep center in the second inning, a ground single to right in the fourth, and a home run over the right-field fence in the fifth.

Mike Walsh hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run in the third inning, as it skipped past the center fielder into the deepest part of the park.

Clint Cassidy pitched the first three innings (plus to three batters in the fourth) for Perry Central to take the loss. He gave up 11 hits and two walks and struck out none. Three of the 10 runs against him were unearned.

Perry Central finished the season 7-19. Mater Dei advanced with a 20-4 record.