By Chuck Reherman
WARR ACRES – Southwest Covenant takes aim at the class B district 23 title today and take one step closer to earning a state berth.
The Patriots will play Calumet in the district finals at 3 p.m. at Palmer Field in Dolese Park in Warr Acres. A second game (if Calumet wins the first game) will be at 5 p.m.)
The Patriots reached the finals by rolling to a 14-1 win over Chieftains in the semifinals on Thursday. SWCS had routed Midway 15-1 in the first game and Calumet, 8-13, beat the Chargers 13-0 in an elimination game.
The Patriots scored in every inning and ended the game in five innings after pushing seven runs across the board in the top of the fifth inning.
Grayson Wilbanks two-run scoring double and RBI hits from Logan Shields and Sam Webb keyed the seven-run inning. The other three runs scored on Calumet errors.
Cole Shaw’s RBI single in the second inning broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Patriots a lead they would not give up. Webb drew a bases loaded walk to send home the second run and a Will Haas ground out made it a 4-1 lead.
Andrew Hickman’s RBI single in the third and Haas and Jesse Deason singled in runs in the fourth inning to open a 7-1 lead.
Deason went the distance on the mound, scattering seven hits and allowing one run while striking out five.
In the opening game, the Patriots scored their runs in bunches in rolling to a 15-1 win over Midway.
Trevor Kelly tripled in two runs, Deason drove in one with a double and Hickman was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded gave the Patriots a 4-0 first inning lead.
Ben Webb doubled in two more runs and a fly out by Haas and a passed ball opened an 8-0 SWCS lead in the second inning.
The Patriots scored seven times in the third inning to open the 15-1 lead. Wilbanks had two RBI singles in the in. ning (SWCS sent 13 batters to the plate in the inning).
Sam Webb doubled in a run and Haas had an RBI single. The Patriots scored three more runs on bases loaded walks and Midway errors.
Kelly led the hitting with a 2-for-4 day a the plate with three runs batted in Deason went 2-for-2 with an RBI.
By Chuck Reherman