Wilson rallies for state title

Trojans score four runs in bottom of seventh for 7-6 win
June 2, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
Kevin Shimomaeda celebrates with Tyler Seeley after scoring the winning run Saturday.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com.

KEIZER - A four-run rally in their final at-bat pushed the Wilson Trojans to a 7-6 win over Summit in the Class 5A baseball championship game Saturday at Volcanoes Stadium.

Trialing 6-3 and heading for the bottom half of their order, the Trojans, who had left the bases loaded in the sixth, tied the score on a double by John Venables, the team's No. 7 hitter, and won when Kevin Shimomaeda, pinch-running for Venables, scored on a throwing error setting off a frantic celebration.

Wilson, which got three hits out of catcher Jonah Harris, the team's No. 8 hitter, finished 23-8.

"We were pretty down after the sixth, but we just found a way to come through," designated hitter Chris Beard, the team's lead-off hitter, said. "This is the best way to win a title, with a play like that."

Summit, working to win the school's 11th team title during the 1011-12 school year, finished 25-6.

The Trojans overcame five errors in the game, although none of them led to a run.

Summit pitchers were charged with just three earned runs.