Thursday , May 10, 2018 - 9:45 PM
PLAIN CITY — With a postseason spot up for grabs, Weber baseball visited Fremont to close the Region 1 baseball schedule.
Weber came away with four things Thursday: Beating their rival, taking the season series, eliminating said rival from the postseason and claiming that postseason spot itself.
Weber chased across two runs in the top of the seventh inning and captured Region 1’s fourth and final playoff seed with a remarkable 2-0 victory over Fremont.
Lefty hitter Brevin Thon sliced a one-out, RBI double down the left field line to plate Kaden Fogg — who had walked — with the first run of the game and the Warriors added an insurance run on a wild pitch.
“I’m like, ‘I’m going to score this guy that’s on base,’” Thon said. “I was waiting to get my pitch and I was going to crush it. I knew I was going to get him in. I was confident.”
Thon’s double broke up a scoreless pitching duel between he and Fremont starter Cade Hadley, who matched goose eggs into the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Silver Wolves loaded the bases against Thon with two outs in the sixth, when Weber coach Trevor Howell went to the bullpen and called on Bridger Vorwaller to help the Warriors wriggle out of the jam.
Fremont’s Austin Taylor then smashed a 3-2 liner up the middle — with runners on the move — that had base hit written all over it, but shortstop Brandon Capener knocked the ball down and barely beat the Silver Wolves’ runner to second base for a force out, ending the inning.
“It just happened to be I could get to it. I knocked it down, right below me,” Capener said. “I knew where the ball was the whole time, so I picked it up with my glove, touched the base with my hand and then the glove to make sure.”
Thon pitched 5 2/3 innings of one-hit ball and didn’t allow a Fremont runner past first until the sixth inning. He gave up a hit in the first inning, then shut Fremont down until two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases in that jam Vorwaller helped solve.
“I was nervous coming into the game, but after that first inning I just focused in and got the job done,” Thon said.
Howell took Thon out after a lengthy discussion. “We had a good pitcher (Vorwaller) who had some pitches left and I felt with bases loaded and just needing to get one out, that they needed to see a different look,” Howell said.
Things worked out, because Weber (14-11 overall, 8-10 Region 1) previously left two runners on base in three different innings but couldn’t score against Hadley — and could have lost it all in the bottom of the sixth.
“We’ve been struggling a little bit to close out games and that’s why it’s so satisfying,” Howell said.
Hadley pitched a complete game for the Silver Wolves (11-14, 7-11), scattering seven hits and striking out four.
Because Syracuse lost to Clearfield, Weber captured the fourth spot from Region 1 and avoided a play-in game.
“Our goal was if we win, we get to play another day, regardless of the other results,” Howell said.
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