Bearcats Edge Monarchs in Marathon Game to Qualify for Regionals


With its backs against the wall, the W.F. West baseball nearly blew a lead for the second straight district contest, this time with its season on the line, but after 11 innings of baseball in Ridgefield, the Bearcats prevailed, 7-6, over Mark Morris.
The win eliminates the Monarchs, and pushes the Bearcats in the regional round of state for the fifth consecutive full season.
The Bearcats built up a 6-2 lead after dropping four runs in the second inning and two in the fourth, but went quiet for six consecutive innings, including extras, to let the Monarchs get back into it.
Heading into the 11th and with the bases loaded, Braden Jones scored on a wild pitch to give the Bearcats the lead again, and after pitching five scoreless innings to that point, reliever Hunter Lutman slammed the door to give W.F. West the win.
Evan Stajduhar finished with two runs scored, two RBIs, and a home run in the win going 2 for 5. Brock Bunker added two RBIs on a 2 for 6 day. \
On the mound, Logan Moore got the start and pitched five innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits and six walks with six strikeouts. Lutman finished out the last six innings, giving up no earned runs on three hits and three walks with six strikeouts.
The Bearcats will await their postseason fate, where the seeding committees will decide when, where, and who they will play for regionals next week.