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Larchwood outlasts Black Sox to reach quarterfinals

Larchwood shortstop Koury Kramer, left, makes the turn at second base as Freeman's Mitch Wollman slides during a second-round game at the Class B state amateur baseball tournament Monday at Cadwell Park. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)

Once the hits started piling up for the Larchwood Diamonds Monday night, the runs soon followed.

The Diamonds didn't record a hit until the fifth inning but simultaneously scored their first run and tallied runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, as well, to pull away for a 7-4 second-round victory over Freeman at the Class B state amateur baseball tournament at Cadwell Park.

The Black Sox (13-16) trailed at one point 4-0 but trimmed the lead to 5-4 in the seventh inning when Kyle Weier punched a two-run single to left field. But Keaton Grevengoed answered in the eighth inning, slamming a two-run home run to straightaway left, stretching the lead back to three and closing the door on Freeman for good.

"We played well. I think they beat us," Freeman manager Brett Scherschligt said. "(Larchwood) got big hits when they needed them, got them in, plated them. We did too, but just not as many."

Koury Kramer had the first of the night—a double to the right-center alley—to put Larchwood (18-7) on the scoresheet first in the fifth inning and Kyle Van Voorst's RBI single two hitters later put the Diamonds up 2-0. That lead was padded in the sixth, with an RBI single from Micah Linn and a run-scoring sacrifice fly by Grevengoed for a 4-0 lead.

"For us to weather a few of the scoreless innings and then score in four of the last five innings is good for us," Larchwood starting pitcher/manager Patrick Sinnema said. "We'd like to score sooner but we're a pretty contagious hitting team, so once we string a few hits together and get things going our way, we're a pretty good team."

Freeman capitalized on a threat in the sixth inning, with a Brett Scherschligt double off the right field wall and two batters later, Mitch Wollman hit an RBI single to left field to trim the margin to 4-1 and the Weier RBI single in the seventh inning got the ball rolling back in the Black Sox' direction but it wasn't enough. After a lead-off walk, Grevengoed hit the home run to left off Scherschligt to widen the lead again.

"The homer kind of hurt, it obviously turns a one run game into a three-run game," Scherschligt said. "But we were getting hits, we out-hit them (10-8). We left the bases loaded in the first and you look back on a loss, those are the things you think about."

Sinnema started, throwing 6 2/3 innings, allowing nine hits, four runs (one earned) and striking out two. Jon Van Beek had the save, throwing the last 2 1/3 innings, allowing one hit and striking out three. Kramer had two hits, while Linn and Kramer each scored two hits.

For Freeman, Scherschligt, Jake Weier and Kyle Weier each had two hits. Nate Broehm took the loss, allowing two runs and two hits, while striking out eight and walking five in 4 2/3 innings. Scherschligt tossed the final 4 1/3 innings, allowing six hits, five runs and striking out one.

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WP: Patrick Sinnema. LP: Nate Broehm. Save: Jon Van Beek. Pitchers: Larchwood: Sinnema, Van Beek (7). Freeman: Broehm, Brett Scherschligt (5). 2B: Larchwood: Travis Feeks, Koury Kramer. Freeman: Scherschligt. Home run: Larchwood: Keaton Grevengoed (8th, 1 on, 0 out).