SERENA – It was senior day on Saturday for the Serena baseball team as eight Husker players were honored along with their parents before the squads nonconference game against Woodland/Flanagan-Cornell.
The game marked the last time that Warren Kaforski, Tristan Guzman, Jon Gago, Greg Breese, Preston Duffy, Trace Berggren, Brandon Franzen and Jacob McVey would wear the Purple and Gold in front of the home fans.
“This is probable the biggest group of seniors that I have had,” said veteran Huskers coach Chad Baker. “We had all eight of them start today and they all did fine. It was a nice day, a little cool, but it was nice to see them all get a chance to play. I wish we could have come out on the top end of it. That is just the way the game goes sometimes.”
The Warriors (7-7) were the ones that crashed the party as they scored three runs in the first inning on their way to a 6-2 win.
WFC got that bats going with one away in the opening frame as Collin Hjerpe laced an 0-1 pitch from Huskers losing pitcher McVey to center field for a double. Hjerpe came home when Kyle Voytko reached on a single and grabbed second on the first Huskers error of the game. After a popout sent Votyko to third, Clayton Sibert reached on a walk and Votyko came home on a single to left by Cody Dodge. A Jake Albertson single to right plated Sibert to make the score 3-0 in favor of the visitors.
“Our top of the order had been hitting the ball well all week and setting the table for us.,” said WFC coach Todd Hoffman. “Voytko got a couple of nice hits the other way. Everything kind of just fell into place for us. I know Serena has a really nice team this season. That’s a nice quality win for us.”
A single run in the top of the third frame extended the Warriors lead to 4-0 as Voytko reached on the Huskers second error of the game, stole second and scored on a Sibert single to right field.
Serena (9-5) got a run back in the fifth inning. With one out, Breese lined a 1-2 pitch from Warriors winning pitcher sophomore Mason Ewing (7 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 9 H, 1 BB, 6 K) to center and went to second on a single to left by sophomore Connor Baker. Both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch before a ground out off the bat of Berggren gave the home team their first run of the game as it chased home Breese.
WFC put the game away with two runs in the top of the seventh inning. Jenkins singled to left and went to second on a sacrifice bunt from Hjerpe. A passed ball sent Jenkins to third and Voytko drew a four-pitch walk from McVey (6 1/3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 11 H, 3 BB, 2 K) to put runners on first and second. A passed ball moved both runners up a base before Hillebrenner walk loaded the bases. Jenkins and Voytko both came home on a Sibert single to center to make it a 6-1 Warriors lead.
Sibert led the Warriors offense with a single, a pair doubles and three RBIs. Jenkins and Voytko each posted two singles and Hjerpe added a double for WFC. Baker accounted for three of the Huskers nine hits, with Breese adding two.
Woodland-Flanagan-Cornell 6, Serena 2
WOODLAND-FLANAGAN-CORNELL (6) — Jenkins ss 4-1-2-0, Hjerpe 1b 3-1-1-0,Voytko cf 3-3-2-0, Hillebrenner c 3-0-0-0, Sibert lf 3-1-3-3, Dodge 3b 4-0-1-1, Albertson dh 4-0-1-1, Derossett 2b 0-0-0-0, Simpson rf 3-0-0-0, Ewing p 3-0-1-0 Wargo cr 0-0-0-0. Totals 30-6-11-5.
SERENA (2) — Breese 3b-2b 4-2-2-0, Baker ss 4-0-3-1, Berggren 1b 4-0-0-1, Duffy c 3-0-1-0, Franzen cf-lf 2-0-0-0, Kaforski lf 1-0-0-0, Stafford lf-3b 2-0-1-0, Guzman 2b 1-0-0-0, Rogers rf 2-0-1-0, McVey p 2-0-0-0, Kuhn p 0-0-0-0, Faivre ph 1-0-1-0, Gago rf 1-0-0-0, Holdiman cf 2-0-0-0. Totals 29-2-9-2.
WFC(7-7) 301 000 2 — 6 11 1
Serena (9-5)000 010 1 — 2 9 2
LOB — WFC 7, Serena 7. GIDP – Serena 1. 2B — Hjerpe, Sibert. SAC — Hjerpe. SB — Kuhn 2, Jenkins, Sibert, Voytko, Baker, Franzen, Stafford. CS — Ewing, Simpson
WFC ip h r er bb k
Ewing (W, 1-0) 7.0 9 2 1 1 6
McVey (L, 1-1) 6.1 11 6 5 3 2
Kuhn 0.2 0 0 0 0 1