• For the sixth consecutive year, the Bolivar-Richburg Wolverines are headed to the Sectional Finals. In 2024, it is as a result of a 13-2 win over the Kendall Eagles. I’ve been around this sports scene for a year or so, and this may have been the first time BR and Kendall squared off in ANYTHING, (unless I missed a soccer matchup, perhaps, from a few years back). The Eagles arrived as the #4 seed and gave the Wolverines that level of a challenge despite the final outcome.
    BR will square off with #3 Geneseo in Hornell at 4 pm. Geneseo had a one-sided win over Perry in the other semi. The weather forecasts I saw earlier, had Saturday being a bit iffy weather wise.
    Landon Barkley went the distance on the hill for BR with 5 Ks, scattering 4 hits, and getting very solid D behind him.
    The start of the contest looked as if this would be one of those blood pressure adjusting pitcher’s duels. Both teams going down in order. Actually, both first at bats were fairly similar. A K in the middle of two in field outs. The BR defensive plays were made by Trey Buchholz settling under a first pitch swinging pop up to short left. The third out in that inning, a ground ball to Maddox Davison with the quick throw across the diamond to Caden Allen.
    The Kendall second was almost as quick by the BR D. A K, followed by a hard luck ricochet chance off Barkley to Braden Zilker at 2nd and the throw to Allen was not in time, by a hair, despite Allen making a big stretch at first. With one on, Barkley shrugged his shoulders, induced a comebacker for out 2 then another smart play, Davison across the infield to Allen.
    The Wolverines began a stretch of 4 crooked numbers in their 2nd trip to the plate. Allen singled to center. Barkley did as well. Tavyn MacDonell drew a walk to load the bags. Kingston Loucks drove in a pair with a hot single to right, MacDonell to third on the throw in. Loucks took second to put 2 in scoring position. MacDonell scored on a passed ball, Loucks to third on the pitch. ZIlker grounded to the right-side allowing Loucks plenty of time to cross the plate. BR 4-0.
    Barkley fielded one on the infield with the toss to Allen for the first Eagle out. Then he fanned the next 2 (just don’t ask Mr. Britt their names!).
    The BR third didn’t start off like there was going to be good things, but it ain’t how you start but how you finish. A one out walk to Sisson. He stole second. A fly ball to left couldn’t move him, so BR had two away. A non-tape measure ground ball by Barkley to that no man’s land on the left side of the infield. Their pitcher went for the out at first, Barkley beat the throw, Sisson was running all the way and came across with a run before the Eagles could react. MacDonell ripped a triple to left, easily scoring Barkley. BR 6-0.
    Kendall got on the board in their 4th chance. Two singles surrounding a walk loaded the bags. An Infield Fly popper to Zilker made for one down. A possible double play ball only got the one, Trey Buchholz to Zilker, run scores. Eagles on the corners. A single to right, played nicely by Loucks to hold the Eagles to one run on the play. Grounder Buchholz to Allen ended the rally. BR 6-2.
    The Wolverines pretty much salted it away in their 4th inning. Charlie Militello got hit by a pitch. Zilker drew a walk. Reiss Gaines hit a sharp single to right, scoring Charlie, and getting Braden to third. Reiss would subsequently steal second. Buchholz hit a fielder’s choice that the Eagles were not successful getting Zilker at the plate. Everyone safe. Gaines at third, Buchholz at first, but for a moment as he soon stole second. Sisson drew a walk. Allen hit a fielder’s choice, that also wasn’t converted, scoring Gaines. Buchholz to third, Sisson at second, Allen at first. Barkley hit a sac fly to center scoring Buchholz, Sisson moving to third on the play. MacDonell hit a ball to center, that would have required the running catch to be borderline spectacular. As it was, the ball wasn’t caught, MacDonell credited with a sac fly RBI, plating Sisson. Allen to third, MacDonell hauling it into 2nd. Five more for the Wolverines, 11-2.
    A single down the line to left put one on for Kendall in the fifth. Then a pair of groundball fielder’s choices erased the lead runner. The first Davison to Zilker at second, and there wasn’t enough time to turn 2. Buchholz to Zilker was next, also not enough time to get them both. Finally, Davison to Allen for out three, no damage.
    A one out walk to Gaines started the BR 5th. Buchholz tripled to left, giving Gaines more than enough space to score. A single by Allen to right sent Trey homeward. BR 13-2.
    Kendall 6th, in order, Barkley to Allen, Zilker to Allen, finally one more from Davison to Allen.
    BR also went down in order in their 6th.
    The last chance for the Eagles was quick. Fly ball to Gaines, no problem. Barkley to Allen, no problem finally Barkley’s 5th K, Sisson to Allen to make it official.
    To recap the indy stats:
    Gaines had a hit, an RBI, and scored 2.
    Buchholz had his triple, scored twice, and drove in a pair.
    Sisson scored twice.
    Allen had 2 hits, driving in 2, and scoring 1.
    Barkley had deuces wild.
    MacDonell had a triple, 2 RBIs, and scored one.
    Loucks had a big 2 run single and then would score following the hit.
    Militello scored a run.
    Zilker driving in one and scoring one.
    Thanks to all for coming out.
    Thanks to the folks who manned the concession stand.