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CVCA wins another instant baseball classic over rival Woodridge

By MICHAEL LEONARD Record Publishing Co. Published: May 16, 2017 4:00 AM

EUCLID -- For the second straight year, backyard rivals Woodridge and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy made the long trip to Euclid to compete in a Division II district semifinal game.

For the second straight year, it was pitcher's duel -- and CVCA was able to pull it out.

CVCA earned a tight 1-0 win over the Bulldogs on Monday at Paul Serra Field in Euclid.

CVCA (15-9) will get another shot at Chagrin Falls in the district final today at Euclid, after losing 3-1 to the Tigers in last year's district final. Chagrin defeated Ravenna 10-0 in Monday's other semifinal.

Woodridge (15-12) was eliminated by CVCA for the second straight season, after falling 2-0 in the district semifinal last year to the Royals.

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Both starting pitchers were in command.

CVCA starter Drew Wilson (4-2) pitched a complete game, scattering six hits and three walks. Wilson threw 10 strikeouts, which contributed to the Bulldogs leaving nine men on base.

CVCA coach Jason Herblet said Wilson is used to close contests.

"His run support hasn't been great this year," Herblet said. "His ERA is 0.78 and he was 3-2. I knew if we could get a couple runs home, he'd have a chance, but I didn't think it would be only one run. He battled."

Wilson needed to be sharp because Woodridge junior Zane Patterson (4-3) was just as good.

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Patterson needed only 64 pitches to get a complete game, as he gave up one unearned run on three hits with one walk and two hit batsmen.

Woodridge's defense also turned three double-plays in the game.

"He threw an absolute gem," Woodridge coach Dennis Dever said of Patterson. "He was able to locate his fastball, and he threw his curveball for strikes. Those (double-plays) were all web gems. Obviously, the pitcher's best friend in a double-play."

The fourth inning proved to be critical.

In the top of the fourth, a single by designated hitter Brad Goodyear and a double off the fence by third baseman Jacob Lovelace put Bulldogs on second and third with one out.

Wilson responded, however, by striking out the next two Bulldogs to escape the jam.

Then in the bottom of the fourth, CVCA right fielder Chris Fair reached on a throwing error and Wilson was hit by a pitch. Shortstop Steve Taylor then hit an RBI single to right to drive in the game's only run.

The play of the game took place in the top of the sixth inning.

With one on and two outs, Woodridge got a single from Lovelace and a walk from second baseman David Graham to load the bases.

Bulldog left fielder Brian Fay then hit a line drive to short left field, only to be robbed off a hit on a diving catch by CVCA left fielder Taylor Sobiech.

"He made a beautiful catch," Herblet said.

"Sometimes, you've just got to tip your hat," Dever said. "That catch saved at least the tying run from coming in."

Wilson set the Bulldogs down in order in the seventh inning to get the win.


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