Waverly-Shell Rock’s six-run first inning propelled the Go-Hawks past Carlisle 8-5 Tuesday evening in the Class 3A quarterfinals at Principal Park.
Ryan Willis ignited the Waverly bats in the first with a single, leading to three-consecutive walks by Carlisle’s Nic McCay. Carter Langreck put the finishing touches on the inning, as he roped a bases clearing three-RBI double to put the Go-Hawks ahead 6-0.
Carlisle threatened in the first, including a towering two-run home run that landed on the roof of the skybox suites in left field from Nate Mortimer, who would end the day going 2-for-4 and account for four of five Carlisle RBIs. The Wildcats continued to chip away in the second, adding two additional runs. Brady Leonard was able to minimize the run production however, as he threw 2.1 innings, allowing three earned runs on two hits before exiting in the third. Dylan Berg’s RBI single later in the inning would be the last time the Wildcats would get on the board.
Waverly continued to add to its lead in the fourth, capitalizing on an error which would later lead to two runs scored off a Carson Kallenberger RBI single, signaling the end of McCay’s night. McCay exited after 3.2 innings, surrendering five earned runs on five hits, with six walks and strikeouts apiece to take the loss.
Go-Hawks, Luke Willis relieved Leonard, going 4.2 of four-hit baseball with five strikeouts to notch the hold and give Leonard the win.
Waverly-Shell Rock will face the winner of this evening’s game between Boone and Harlan, Friday morning in the 3A semifinals.