RURAL STREATOR — One big swing of the bat and one big pitching performance proved to be enough for the Woodland/Flanagan-Cornell baseball club to get a big Tri-County Conference home win early Tuesday evening.
Kyle Voytko drilled a line-drive home run over the right-field fence in the home half of the third inning, and Collin Hjerpe twirled a complete-game, four-hit shutout as the Warriors edged visiting Peoria Christian here at the windy confines of Woodland School, 1-0.
Hjerpe worked through the game's seven innings masterfully, limiting his pitch count in the 80s and not allowing a Peoria Christian baserunner past second. The lanky right-hander worked 1-2-3 innings in the first, third and seventh, finishing with six strikeouts recorded and no bases on balls allowed.
"It was a good high school baseball game, a pitchers' duel on both sides," said WFC coach Bubs Hoffman. "Give their pitcher (Peoria Christian's Nick Nielson) credit, I thought he pitched great and we did a good job of making him earn his outs. We drew some walks and got his pitch count up. We left way too many guys on base, 13, and that's been a trend here lately.
"We've got to get over that and start getting some timely hits, but Collin was phenomenal today. He's gotten a little bit better each time out, and I think we've gotten back to the old Collin — very reliable, very, very efficient with his pitches."
The Warriors (3-6 overall, 2-3 TCC) had runners on base all game long — more due to the 11 walks issued by Chargers pitching than the three WFC hits provided by Voytko, Chandler Hillebrenner and Tyler Jenkins — but failed to get them in aside from Voytko's laserbeam solo home run off Nielson (4 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 K) with two away in the third.
"That got out of here in about 1.8 seconds. He crushed that," Hoffman said. "He jumped on a high fastball, got it out of here, and we were good enough today to make that stand."
At rural Streator
Woodland/Flanagan-Cornell 1, Peoria Christian 0
PEORIA CHRISTIAN (0) — Tilson ss 3-0-1-0, Hauter lf 3-0-1-0, Post c 3-0-0-0, Timm 1b 3-0-1-0, Cox 2b 3-0-0-0, Nielson p/3b 3-0-1-0, Mathewson dh 3-0-0-0, McAfee rf 3-0-0-0, Bennington cf 2-0-0-0, Grindinger 3b/p 0-0-0-0. Totals 26-0-4-0.
WFC (1) — Jenkins ss 2-0-1-0, Hjerpe p 3-0-0-0, Voytko 1b 2-1-1-1, Hillebrenner c 3-0-1-0, Sibert lf 2-0-0-0, Albertson dh 3-0-0-0, Dodge 3b 2-0-0-0, Redd rf 1-0-0-0, Ewing cf 3-0-0-0, Derossett 2b 0-0-0-0. Totals 21-1-3-1.
Peoria C. 000 000 0 — 0 4 1
WFC (3-6, 2-3) 001 000 x — 1 3 1
LOB - Peoria C. 5; WFC 13. 2B - Nielson. HR - Voytko.
Peoria Christian ip r er h bb k
Nielson (L) 4.1 1 1 2 8 6
Grindinger 1.2 0 0 1 3 1
Hjerpe (W) 7.0 0 0 4 0 6