Northwestern scored five runs in the last of the fourth and turned handed the game over to its pitching in a 7-6 win over visiting Wren on Saturday in the second round of the Class AAAA District III baseball playoffs.
The victory put the Trojans in the “big chair’’ as they take a seat on Monday and play again in the District championship on Wednesday. Northwestern awaits the winner of Monday’s game between Dorman and Wren and has two chances to win a spot in the four-team Upper State championship tournament.
Erven Roper staked Wren to a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer in the top of the first.
The Trojans trailed 6-2 heading into their trip to the plate in the fourth looking for a spark to get their offense going. Enter winning pitcher Cameron Norwood, who led off with a triple. The closing of the gap started with Preston Hudak singling Norwood home.
As the inning progressed, the Trojans added three more hits and cashed in a walk to Sammy Taormina. They had five hits during the comeback and just seven for the game
Garrett Rast, Mike Patrick and Dupree Hart also singled, with Hart’s bringing in the five and sixth runs. Hart advance to third and scored the game-winning run on a passed ball.
Northwestern’s 7-6 lead was far from safe with three innings left. But two Trojans pitchers shut down Wren.
Norwood, who came on in the top of the fourth and got the final out to top a three-run Hurricane’s blast, went back out and stopped Wren’s bats to pick up the win.
The win was saved by Jake Rentz, who struck out two and allowed a fit over the final two frames for the save.
Northwestern, undefeated Region 3-AAAA champion, moved to 24-2. The Trojans ran their winning streak to 17 games.
NORTHWESTERN 7, WREN 6
WP: Cameron Norwood. LP: Chase Day. S: Jake Rentz. 2B: Adam House (W) 2, Trey Harris (W). 3B: Norwood (N). HR: Erven Roper (W), Eli White (W).
Records: Northwestern 24-2, Wren 17-10