Prospect wins on wild pitch in 9thWarren's Ryan Kennedy (11), tries to throw out a Prospect batter. | Ruthie Hauge ~ Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 4, 2011 9:53PM
Steve Dazzo and Prospect won a wild one Saturday in the class 4A sectional final victory at Barrington. Prospect’s Matt Molini scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 9th to give the Knights and Dazzo a 7-6 victory over Warren.
Prospect (25-8) will meet Glenbrook North in Monday’s supersectional in Rockford.
Dazzo picked up his first win of the year by pitching 2-2/3 innings of scoreless ball. He was a hard-luck loser to Warren back in April when he took a shutout into the last inning when he was victimized for 6 unearned runs.
“I just tried to get it over and let my defense take over, Dazzo said. “It was great getting a win like this after last time.”
With the game tied at 6-6, Molini was hit by a pitch on a 1-2 count to lead off the 9th. He then advanced to second on a wild pitch.
With two out, Brian Bauer hit a slow roller to short and was safe on a throwing error, with Molini going to third. After an intentional walk, Molini scored on a the first pitch when the ball bounced away.
“These kids are amazing,” Prospect coach Ross Giusti said. “They always seem to find another gear or level to go to.”
Prospect had to score twice in the bottom of the 7th to tie the game at 6-6.
Luke Berman led off the inning with a home run. Bauer (2-for-5) then delivered out two-out single to score Molini, who had singled earlier.
“We just find a way to win,” Bauer said. “We have so much faith in each other. Anyone can do it up and down our lineup.”
Warren (23-13) able to parlay three walks, a hit batter, a bunt single and four bloop hits in their first five runs.
Warren took a 1-0 lead in the second. Prospect came back in their half of the inning to take a 3-1 lead on a 3-run homer by Brad Gerdes scoring Bauer, who had doubled and Kurt Donner (3-for-4), who reached on a single. It was Gerdes second home run in as many games and it was only his second of the year.
Warren tied it in the third. Kevin Colburn dropped in a two-run single with two outs. He drove in Jimmy Nickell, who had led off the inning with a single and Patrick Kenney, who had walked.
The Blue Devils jumped ahead 5-3 in the fourth on Ryan Kennedy’s two out single that fell into rightfield. It scored Glogovsky and Anthony Garza who each had walked.
Prospect closed to 5-4 in the fifth. The Knights scored on a two-out single by Peter Bonahoom to score Shane Joyce who had doubled.
Warren picked up an insurance run in the top of the 7th. Connor Iwema, who was pinch running for Kennedy (3-for-5), who led off the inning with a single, scored on Colburn’s sacrifice fly.