Union tops Westmoore for title
— Erick Rey flipped to second base, and Westmoore’s title drought was a 90-foot throw away from ending. Then Braxton Bohrofen’s throw to complete the double play — and nail down the Jaguars’ first championship since 1994 — sailed over Kale Davis’ head.
The errant throw allowed Union’s Jack Sestak to score from second and tie the game. Two batters later, Union’s Evan Jones roped a gamewinning single to the leftcenter field gap, scoring courtesy runner Braden White to give Union a 3-2 walk-off victory in the Class 6A championship baseball game at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
Jones was greeted by his jubilant teammates just in front of second base and the dogpile commenced.
“I knew he was going to throw me a fastball,” Jones said of Westmoore pitcher Jace Bohrofen. “He had me 2-2, and I knew he didn’t want to throw one in the dirt with a curveball. I just waited on that fastball, and it was just quality enough to put it in the gap.”
Jace Bohrofen began the home half of the seventh inning by striking out Union’s Cade Brown, but singles by Michael Dewald and Jake Harris, plus a walk to Nate Raper in between loaded the bases. Tyler Fisher followed with a grounder to Rey, and it was Harris’ slide into second base that kept Braxton Bohrofen from firing a strike to first base for the final out.
“He got the ball that he wanted,” Westmoore coach Joe Patterson said. “Sometimes that happens, but obviously we’ve got to be able to overcome that.”
Until the final inning, Union hadn’t advanced a runner past second base. Westmoore starting pitcher Jacob Clark had contained Union’s offense with six inning of shutout ball, allowing only two hits and two walks.
Westmoore finished 33-6, while Union wrapped up its title run with a 25-12 record.