Demons Win! Demons Win! Demons Win! SWC Champs
It could not possibly have happened any other way between these two clubs, the cream of the SWC crop. And who would want it any other way. The championship game between the #1 and #2 seeds came down to a nine inning heavyweight bout with two titans standing toe-to-toe trading punches in the center of the ring. But don’t sweat it fans. Your finger nails gonna grow back.
Cal Reghi gave the Demons the lead and helped secure the win in the top of the ninth with a one out, two run single to right centerfield through a drawn in infield. It was Cal’s third knock of the evening to go along with three RBI.
The inning was set up with a leadoff walk by Jack Kerr who was perfect at the dish, reaching in all five plate appearances on four walks and a single. Collin Burrows followed Kerr with another walk, the fourth time Collin reached safely, and both advanced on a wild pitch setting up Reghi’s heroics. Kerr scored twice and Burrows thrice in the game.
The Demons, playing at The Yard under the lights because the Amherst JV club was using the Amherst field, was the visiting team as the #2 seed. Like the semi-final win over Avon Lake, this too was a see saw affair. The Horns had two runners aboard with less than two down in each of the first two innings but couldn’t score. The Comets got on the board first with a clutch two out run scoring single in the bottom of the second. The Demons answered in our half of the third inning when Burrows was HBP, moved to third after a Reghi single and slid home on a wild pitch.
The Demons took their first lead, by a 3-1 score, in the fifth when Kerr, who singled, came home on Reghi’s single and Burrows paid off his base on balls by scoring on a Jack Finucane RBI single, his second hit of the night.
In the bottom of the sixth the Comets streaked home two runs to knot the game at three apiece. Their third run scoring when, with runners on first and third, a rundown occurred with the runner at first and the runner from third got to the plate before the runner at first was tagged out. The contest remained tied at three before the Demons closed the deal in the ninth.
Kerr was outstanding again in his starting role hurling six innings allowing two earned runs on six hits and one walk. Charlie Zkiab threw three shutout innings to pick up the mound win in relief. He allowed one hit. In his first inning, the seventh, he pitched around three free passes by getting an infield pop out to short, picking off a runner at second and striking out the Comets cleanup hitter.
The championship game victory means the Demons closed the season with a six game winning streak and an overall record of 16-4. They gained at least one win against every team on the schedule this year.
As you know, there is so much more to the story of this incredible season. But I guess we should save something for the celebratory spring sports and WHS baseball banquet. However, I’d like to add one observation. The fire, determination and competitiveness of this group of players are rare and special characteristics that, no doubt, will remain the calling card for this group as long as they wear the Green & White. They may not look like the most physically imposing group when they step off the bus, but from first pitch to last they battle you and leave everything they have on the field. Mike Tyson once said “everybody has a game plan until they get punched in the face.” And this Demon club was looking to find out sooner rather than later about your game plan.
We are so proud of every single member of this team and staff.
Go Demons and can’t wait to again See ya at the yard!