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PENINSULA — Woodridge baseball found itself facing a mountain to climb April 12 when Streetsboro look a 6-0 lead on the Bulldogs before Woodridge got to bat.
The Bulldogs, however, didn't panic and chipped away at the lead until it got the hit it needed.
A three-run home run by Woodridge first baseman Zane Patterson proved to be the difference, as Woodridge rallied to win 8-7 over the Rockets at home.
The Bulldogs improved to 5-1, 4-0 in the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division.
The top of the first inning was nightmare for Woodridge starting pitcher Carson Murphy, as Streetsboro scored all six runs without a hit.
Murphy opened the game with two walks, followed by a sacrifice punt from Kyle Armbrecht, followed by a wild pitch to make it 1-0.
Murphy got a strikeout, but then walked to three more batters to make it 2-0, followed by an error which allowed two more Rockets to score. After Murphy walked Jakob Wagner, he was relieved by Jarrett Martin.
However, Martin then issued a base-loaded walk and hit Nick Keba with a pitch before striking out Armbrecht to end the inning.
Woodridge got two runs back in the bottom of the first. Center fielder Jake Margroff led off with a double and right fielder David Massey hit an RBI single. After Preston Clark grounded out, catcher Kasey Kelleher hit his own RBI single to make it 6-2.
Martin gave the Bulldogs a chance to rally, as he pitched five innings of scoreless relief, striking out six Rockets and allowing four hits.
Woodridge made it 6-3 in the third inning, Clark manufactured a run. After getting hit by a pitch by Streetsboro starting pitcher Dylan Lanning, Clark stole second and third base before coming home on sacrifice fly by Kelleher.
Lanning gave up three earned runs of three hits and hour walking in three innings of work.
Woodridge got another run off Wagner in the fourth. After Isaac Hosford walked and stole second, Clark came through win an RBI single to make it 6-4.
Woodridge’s big inning came in the sixth off Keba (0-1). Hossford and Margroff singles and moved up on a sacrifice bunt Massey, but Clark then grounde out to third.
Streetsboro looked to get out of the inning when Kelleher hit a sharp liner to the shortstop. The ball was bobbled, however, and Hossford scored to cut it 6-5.
The error proved costly, because Patterson stepped up next and golfed a 1-0 pitch over the right-field fence. Patterson’s first home run of the season made it 8-6 Bulldogs.
Streetsboro gave themselves a glimmer of hope in the top of the seventh. Center fielder Baden Hatzo single, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on an RBi single from left fielder Ty Arlesic.
However, Clark (2-0) got catcher Brandon Peterson to fly out, Wagner hit into a fielder’s choice and second baseman Preston Collins grounded out to sthird to end the game.
Clark picked up the win by going 1.33 innings, allowing one run on two hits.
Woodridge will travel to Cloverleaf April 13 at 4:30 p.m.