Beaverton traveled to Standish last Wednesday for a Regional Semi-final game with the Panthers. Standish came into the game ranked fifth in Division 3. They had routed all three opponents in the district tournament. Beaverton had also cruised through the district tournament defeating Farwell 5-0 and Houghton Lake 9-3.
Standish collected three straight hits to open the game and eventually took a 3-0 lead before the Beavers came to bat in the bottom of the inning. George Killian got things started with a leadoff single but was forced out at second base on a ground ball fielders choice leaving Landin Woods on first. Alex Pahl followed with a double giving the Beavers runners on second and third with one out. After the next batter was retired Layk Woodruff delivered for the Beavers singling to left field driving in Woods. An error on the play allowed Pahl to score leaving the Beavers down 3-2 after one inning.
Beaverton scored four runs in the bottom of the second to take a 6-3 lead. Leadoff hitter Caiden Loar reached base on an error by the first baseman. Seth Onweller followed with a walk giving the Beavers runners at first and second with no outs. After Standish cut down the lead runner at third on a bunt attempt Beaverton still had runners on first and second now with one out.
Killian picked up his second hit of the game a single to centerfield loading the bases for Woods. He responded with a single driving in Onweller tying the game 3-3. Pahl followed with his second hit of the game, an infield single driving in Josh Clark. A double to left field by Logan Love drove in Killian and Woods putting the Beavers up 6-3 before Standish was able to get out of the inning.
After scoring two runs in the top of the fourth Standish was able to break the game open in the fifth. The Panthers scored four runs in the fifth and sixth innings and six more in the seventh to take a 19-7 victory. They went on to beat Houghton 7-3 in the Regional Finals and Traverse City St. Francis 11-0 in the quarter finals to earn a trip to the Final Four at Michigan State University this Friday at 5 p.m. where they will play Buchanan.
Killian, Pahl and Woodruff each had two hits for the Beavers. Woods, Love and Reese Longstreth had one each. Love had two RBIs; Woods, Pahl and Longstreth had one. The young Beavers finished the season 10-14 and hope to build on their Disrtict Championship next year when they should return most of the team. With only one senior, Josh Clark, the future looks bright for Coach Scott Wicke’s squad.