BANCROFT - North Union Warriors' Sawyer Doocy drove in Jake Adams from third base with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning with a base hit between the shortstop and third basemen to seal the 10-9 victory at Bancroft Memorial Park.
Doocy was a home run shy of the cycle when he stepped into the batters box with the game on the line.
He had hit a deep double in the third inning to score Brett Deitering, and a deep triple to center in the fifth, knocking in two runs, and putting Doocy on third base.
TOUGH?DECISION — Brett Thackery throws a pitch in Thursday evening’s 10-9 victory against Central Springs. Thackery started on the mound for the Warriors pitching five innings, giving up five runs, five hits, while walking four and striking out two. Photo by Chip Pearson
Alex Deitering walked to start off the Warrior rally in the seveth inning and Brandon Kollasch was hit by a pitch to put the tying run on base for North Union.
Adams had a base hit to score Alex Deitering, making it 9-8 in Central Springs' favor.
Brett Deitering was hit by a pitch to load up the bases for North Union with one out in the bottom of the seventh.
Evan Hagebock hit a hard liner back towards the Panthers' pitcher, and he did not make an out, scoring Kollasch from third.
With the game winning run on third base, Doocy stepped up and got the crucial hit for the Warriors.
The Panthers got on the board first in the game, scoring two runs in the top of the third inning.
North Union responded in the bottom half of the third inning. Brett Deitering got on after being hit with a pitch, and then scored the Warriors first run on Doocy's double. Brett Thackery hit a double to center field to trade places with Doocy, collecting an RBI to tie the game at 2-2.
Central Springs added four runs in the top of the fifth to give them the 7-4 lead, but yet again the Warriors responded.
Garrett Johonson walked to start off the fifth inning for North Union. Cody Runksmeier hit a double put runners on second and third base with Alex Deitering at the plate.
A throwing error by the Pathers' pitcher, Izak Pederson, scored Johonson.
The Warriors capitalized on wild pitches and errors and added two more runs in the inning, knotting things up at 7-7.
Central Springs took the lead back in the sixth, scoring twice to make the score 9-7.
Doocy led the Warriors, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs. He also came in to pitch for relief in the sixth inning to earn the save and the win.
Thackery, Adams, Runksmeier and Brett Deitering each added a hit. Brett and Alex Deitering both scored two of the North Union runs.
Doocy earned the save and the win for the Warriors, pitching the final two innings and only giving up two runs on three hits, and striking out four.
North Union (17-5) travels to Granville, Iowa to play in the Spalding Catholic Tournament today.
CS 002 142 0 - 9 8 4
NU 002 230 3 - 10 7 5
Kyle White (7 LP), Izak Pederson and Jacob Webb. Sawyer Doocy (7 WP), Garrett Johonson (5), Brett Thackery and Jake Adams.