Two things happened Thursday night after Parker Mooney successfully got his squeeze bunt down.
The go-ahead run scored and he didn’t need to search for a ride home.
Mooney helped Five Points Bank (Omaha Creighton Prep) rally for a 3-2 win over DC Electric (Bellevue West) in the American Legion Metro tournament. The semifinal victory boosts the Junior Jays into the championship game Friday at noon at Millard South.
The Thunderbirds had taken a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning on a two-run single by Jackson Allred. But Five Points scored twice in the bottom of the sixth and held on for the win.
“We got some guys on base and we executed,’’ Junior Jays coach Pat Mooney said. “And Max pitched a great game for us.’’
Five Points starter Max Sanders scattered six hits and went the distance. He struck out seven and walked none.
“My arm felt great tonight,” Sanders said. “I was a little worried after they took the lead, but our guys did a great job of coming back.”
In the sixth, Calen Protaskey led off with his third hit of the game. A walk to Grant Hatcher and a sacrifice by PJ Loucks put Junior Jay runners at second and third.
A wild pitch scored courtesy runner Thomas Leiden, and then Parker Mooney — son of the coach — followed with an RBI squeeze bunt that put Five Points up 3-2.
“He’s a good bunter, so I knew he could do it,” Pat Mooney said. “Now he gets a ride home.”
Parker, who will be a junior this fall, said he was a little tense after getting the squeeze bunt signal from his dad.
“I was pretty nervous,’’ he said. “I popped it up a little more than I wanted, so I was happy to see it drop.’’
Cam Madsen had a one-out single in the seventh for the Thunderbirds, but Sanders retired the final two batters to secure the win.
“This was a tough one,’’ DC Electric coach Jason Shockey said. “We didn’t do enough early and came up a little short.’’
The hard-luck loser was Caden Eby, who went the distance for the Thunderbirds. He tossed a four-hitter and struck out six, but the Junior Jays’ two-run sixth proved to be the difference.
“Caden has been a workhorse for us,’’ Shockey said. “He gave us a chance today, and that’s all you could ask.’’
Five Points went ahead 1-0 in the second inning on a run-scoring groundout by Mooney. The score stayed that way until the fifth when Allred, the Thunderbirds’ No. 9 hitter, belted a two-run single to center field.
But DC Electric was unable to hold that lead.
The championship game will be played at noon because Creighton Prep has its graduation Friday night.
“This is a huge win for us,’’ Sanders said. “Having a shot at the title is what we all wanted.’’
DC Electric (27-7)...............000 020 0—2 6 1
Five Points Bank (16-15)....010 002 x—3 4 0
W: Sanders. L: Eby. 2B: DC, Allred.
KB Building Services advances
Pitchers Trevor Barajas and Harrison Kreiling combined on a one-hitter to lift KB (Omaha Westside) into Friday’s championship game.
Barajas went 5⅔ innings, allowing only a solo home run to Wichita State pledge Noah Greise in the first inning. Kreiling pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth and struck out the side in the seventh to get the save.
“I can’t say enough good things about the job Trevor did tonight,’’ Warriors coach Otis Seals said. “And Harrison has been our guy in relief this season.’’
Trailing by a run, KB loaded the bases with none out in the bottom of the first. Patriots starter Braden Cannon got the next two batters out before Michael Finan lashed a two-run double to left.
“The only thing I had on my mind was to try to get on board somehow,’’ he said. “We wanted to set the tone early.’’
Catcher Dalton Bargo followed with another two-run double to give the Warriors a 4-1 advantage. The score stayed that way to the end.
“We just couldn’t get anything going offensively,’’ Patriots coach Greg Geary said. “Credit their guy because he was around the zone all night.’’
The 52’s threatened in the sixth inning, loading the bases with two out. Kreiling came on to fan Jarrett Novak on three pitches.
“Jarrett has been our best hitter all summer,’’ Geary said. “But that’s baseball.’’
The 52’s had one final chance in the seventh when they put runners on second and third with one out. Kreiling struck out Tre Mungin and Matt Guthmiller to nail down the victory.
Finan led the way offensively for the Warriors, belting two doubles and a triple.
Seals said his squad is looking forward to a rematch against the team from Prep. The Warriors have lost two previous games this summer against the Junior Jays.
“I’m glad we get one more shot at them,’’ he said. “It should be a good game.’’
The Patriots will play DC Electric (Bellevue West) in the third-place game Friday at 6 p.m. at Millard South.
52’s Patriots (22-9)......100 000 0—1 1 0
KB (23-9).......................400 000 x—4 7 0
W: Barajas. L: Cannon. S: Kreiling. 2B: KB, Finan 2, Bargo. 3B: KB, Finan. HR: 52’s, Greise.
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