This afternoon, on a perfect spring day on Jeff Adams Field, the Bears won their first playoff game in 20 years with a 14-10 victory in the PSAA semifinals over Bay Ridge Prep, the #2 seed out of the West Division.
The Bears jumped out of the gates with five runs in the 1st inning and seven in the 2nd as they built a commanding 12-0 lead. T. J. Wachter was dominant on the mount over 3.1 innings, allowing 0 hits and 0 earned runs while striking out eight.
The Bears continued to lead 12-0 through three innings, but five errors, eight walks, and baserunning blunders allowed the Tigers to pull within 13-10, turning a rout into a taut affair. The Bears tacked on a run in the bottom of the 6th when a Joe Wozny double scored Dan Rueda, who had walked. Wozny then nailed down the win in the top of the 7th with a pair of strikeouts and a groundout. Tim Wozny led the offense with 3 RBIs on 2 hits.
The Bears move on to the PSAA Championship where they face the #2 seed from the East Division, Portledge, on Friday @ 4:00pm at Portledge. Though the Bears are the #1 seed, Portledge was chosen as the host site for the title prior to the start of the season.