Herald Staff Report

THOMSON, Ill. — Shut out for five innings, West Carroll scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and three more in the seventh to pull out a 6-5 victory against Forreston on Thursday in Class 2A regional baseball.

The thunder (8-16-1) will play top-seeded Milledgeville/Polo for the title of the West Carroll Regional at 11 a.m. Saturday in Thomson.

“A huge win for us,” West Carroll coach Bryan Kamper said. “We got down 5-0 and the boys never gave up.”

Justin Ferguson completed a 4-for-4 night at the plate with a two-out, two-run, single with the bases loaded in the seventh inning to win the game. The hit followed a fielder’s-choice forceout at home plate and scored winning pitcher Luke Ingersoll, who delivered a run-scoring single earlier in the inning, and Justin Boyer, who was hit by a pitch.

Ingersoll (5-3) pitched the final two innings in relief and should be ready to start Saturday, according to Kamper.

Austin LeClere hit a pair of home runs to lead Forreston. He hit a solo shot in the third inning and added a two-run blast in the fifth.

Scoring by innings

Forreston 101 021 0 — 5 5 0

West Carroll 000 003 3 — 6 11 2

LeClere, Schneiderman and Allen; Adam Ferguson, Tommy Talley (5), Luke Ingersoll (6) and Sullivan. Two or more hits — Forreston (Vietmeier 2, LeClere 2); West Carroll (Justin Ferguson 4, Ingersoll 2). 2B — Forreston (Vietmeier); West Carroll (J. Ferguson). HR — Forreston (LeClere 2). RBIs — Forreston (LeClere 3, Allen, Johnson); West Carroll (J. Ferguson 3, Sullivan, Dykstra, Ingersoll).

Panthers win regional semifinal

MORRISON, Ill. — Prophetstown/Erie used a five-run second inning to key a 9-5 win against second-seeded Rock Falls on Thursday as it advanced to Saturday’s final of the Class 2A Morrison Regional baseball tournament.

The Panthers (17-12) will play top-seeded Morrison in Saturday’s noon title matchup.

Brandon Borkovec and Eann Cox each had two hits and two runs batted in for the Panthers. Borkovec also homered.

Beau Kirkpatrick was the winning pitcher. He allowed four hits over seven innings and struck out 12 batters.

Rock Falls closed the season with an 18-10 record.

Scoring by innings

P’town/Erie 151 110 0 — 9 9 0

Rock Falls 10 020 0 — 5 4 1

McCallister and Giddings; Kirkpatrick and Borkovec. Two or more hits — Rock Falls (Junis 3); Prophetstown/Erie (Borkovec 2, Lombardo 2, Cox 2, Kirkpatrick 2). 2B — Erie/Prophetstown (Lombardo). HR — Rock Falls (Junis); Prophetstown/Erie (Borkovec). RBIs — Rock Falls (Junis 3, McCallister); Prophetstown/Erie (Borkovec 2, Cox 2, Miller, Kirkpatrick, Lombardo, Boucher).

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