"He had the green light," said the coach,

By Eric Clutter Record-Courier staff writer Published:

"He had the green light," said the coach, "and I had to give him the green light because he was hitting all day."

Though Cory Tilden had not gotten a hit to that point, he had hit the ball solid and had just missed a home run in the first inning.

In the seventh, however, with his team down 5-3, one out and runners on first and second against Windham pitcher Brent Fincham, Tilden drilled a 3-0 pitch well over the left field fence to give his team a 6-5 win and a trip to the state tournament in Alliance next weekend.

Alex Wolfe, who teamed with starter Mike Ladd on the mound for Ravenna, struck out the final Windham batter on a 1-2 pitch with the tying run at second base to end the game.

The Windham pitching duo of Cody and Brent Fincham stifled Ravenna (33-6) for the first five innings, blanking the Yankees on only two hits.

And offensively, Windham did just enough against Ladd and Wolfe, scoring two runs in the first and single tallies in the third and fourth frames to take a 4-0 lead.

But things started to change in the sixth, when Chad Schoch and Ladd each doubled leading off the inning to produce Ravenna's first run.

Ladd advanced to third on a ground out and then scored on an error following Mike Adams' ground out, making the score 4-2.

Wolfe kept the inning alive by drawing a walk and went around to third on Derek Taylor's single just inside the foul line in left field.

Matt Petranic's grounder to third appeared to be the third out of the inning, but the ball was dropped at first for an error which allowed for the third and final run of the inning to score.

Windham (17-1) pushed across a huge run the next inning on Cody Fincham's two-out single that drove in Tommy Altiere, expanding the lead to 5-3.

But for the second straight inning, Ravenna was able to put the lead-off runner on base when Jarod Bowen singled in the seventh. One out later Ladd reached first when he was hit by a pitch, setting the table for Tilden.

"We were hitting the ball hard all day," said coach Tilden. "They came through in the sixth and seventh. I couldn't ask for any more than that. They were patient and we had that big one at the end."

Windham got off to a fast start in its half of the first inning, putting two runners on base with one out.

After both runners moved into scoring position on a double steal Josh Sweet's two-out blooper over first plated both, giving Windham a 2-0 lead.

Pat King's ground out in the third gave Windham a 3-0 edge, then Sweet drove in his third run of the game with an infield single in the fourth.

Lambert's Roofing was one of three Windham teams playing in title games on Sunday. Windham Hardware advanced to Alliance with a 15-7 win over the North Akron Dodgers, while Windham Volunteer Fire Department had its quest for a state title ended after dropping a 15-6 decision to Norton.

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