Southeast swagger

Published 10:20 pm Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Lyle/Austin Pacelli third baseman Jordan Hart swipes a tag on Glenville-Emmons’ Spencer Kral during the first inning Tuesday at Marcuson Park. Glenville-Emmons won 8-3 and clinched a Southeast Conference championship. -- Eric Johnson/Austin Daily Herald

Glenville-Emmons baseball wins SEC title

AUSTIN — The Glenville-Emmons Wolverines baseball team locked up a Southeast Conference championship Tuesday with an 8-3 win over the Lyle/Pacelli Athletics in Austin.

The Wolverines finished with a 9-1 Southeast record and won their final six conference games to pull away from Mabel-Canton atop the league.

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The Wolverines (13-5, 9-1 Southeast) opened a 5-0 lead in the first inning and took advantage of Athletics’ (4-6, 6-10) throwing errors.

Peter Hansen led off the first inning with a single and stole second base. Levi Garner hit a sacrifice bunt to move Hansen to third, and Spencer Kral scored Hansen on a single.

Tyler Woodside then singled, and Trent Thoms singled to score Kral and give the Wolverines a 2-0 lead.

Zack Williamson hit a two-run triple and scored on a throwing error to third base.

Williamson walked in his next at-bat in the third and again scored on throwing errors. As Williamson attempted to steal second base, Athletics catcher Collin Roberts threw the baseball past the second baseman and into center field. Williamson moved to third on the error and scored when the Athletics’ center fielder overthrew third baseman Jordan Hart.

The Wolverines added two more runs in the fifth when Thoms singled to score Tyler Woodside, and Landon Hall scored from third on a wild pitch.

The Athletics had runners on first and third with nobody out in the first when Carter Guthmiller grounded into a double play that scored one run but ended the threat. The Athletics left runners on first and third in the fifth and it left the bases loaded in the seventh.

The Athletics scattered three hits against starting pitcher Woodside, who struck out four, walked four and allowed no earned runs.

“They had a nice pitcher on the mound today and he threw a lot of strikes,” Athletics coach Dan Zielke said. “We just couldn’t get the ball out of the infield really. But it was good to see we put the ball in play a lot.”

Kral finished with three hits for the Wolverines, and Thoms and Williamson led the teams with two RBIs.

The Wolverines play again Tuesday in the first round of Section 1A East tournament.

Austin Daily Herald reporter Rocky Hulne contributed to this report.

Glenville-Emmons 8, Lyle/Austin Pacelli 4

GE 501 020 0 — 8 11 4

LP 100 200 0 — 3 3 3

WP — Tyler Woodside 7 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO

LP — Kevin Guenger 1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO

Glenville-Emmons hitting: Spencer Kral 3-4, R, RBI; Tyler Woodside 2-4, 2 R; Trent Thoms 2-4, R, 2 RBI; Zack Williamson 1-3, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI, Peter Hansen 1-4, R; Landon Hall 1-3, R; Devin Nelson 1-3, 2B.

Lyle/Austin Pacelli hitting: Kyle Meyer 1-2, R, SB, 2 BB; Drew Chapek 1-3, R, BB; Carter Guthmiller 0-3; Skylar Meyer 0-2, R, BB; Jordan Hart 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Sean Shapiro 0-3; Matt Kasel 0-3; Jake Nelson 0-2; Rohne, 0-3; Teddy Emery 0-1.