Prep roundup: Wolverines walk off against Warriors in conference championship

PURCELLVILLE – Woodgrove senior Kaleb Bowman delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to send the Wolverines to a 3-2 win over visiting Sherando in Tuesday night’s Conference 21 baseball tournament championship.

The No. 7 Warriors (10-13) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning but saw top-seeded Woodgrove chip away at the deficit with single runs in the bottom of the first, fourth and seventh innings.

Woodgrove (15-6) senior Matt Gilson opened the bottom of the seventh inning with a leadoff single against Warriors reliever Frank Ritter III, and an error on the play — Sherando’s second of the game — allowed Gilson to reach third with no outs. Sherando opted to intentionally walk the next two hitters to load the bases before Bowman ended the game with an RBI single.

“In the entire conference playoffs we’ve jumped out to a lead in the top of the first and tonight was no different,” Warriors coach Pepper Martin said. “But they have quality pitching.

“We had a couple opportunities but we just couldn’t get the key hit. Pitching and defense kept us in it. We just couldn’t get over the hump.”

Senior Ty Michaud started on the mound for Sherando and went six innings while allowing two runs and scattering 11 hits. He struck out five and walked two before being pulled after the sixth.

Hank Biggs (four innings pitched), Bowman and Austin Rader combined to limit the Warriors to five hits, all singles.

Adam Whitacre (2-for-3) and Ritter (2-for-4) combined for four of those Sherando hits and both runs scored, while Whitacre and Connor Stevenson (1-for-3) had RBIs.

Sherando secured a Region 4A North berth by advancing to Tuesday’s conference championship game, and the Warriors return to action next Monday for the regional quarterfinals. Sherando’s opponent and game time is yet to be determined but the Warriors will be on the road as a result of Tuesday’s loss.