RURAL STREATOR — Even with a day-of venue change from originally scheduled Flanagan to the better-able-to-handle-precipitation field at Woodland, the odds of Woodland/Flanagan-Cornell baseball getting in its Thursday home game against Ridgeview didn't look very good.
When game time came, though, the weather allowed the contest to get in without incident ... and it was the WFC Warriors who looked very good.
Collin Hjerpe and Mason Ewing each singled, doubled and drove home runs, Clayton Sibert knocked three singles with an RBI, and southpaw Kyle Voytko tossed six one-hit innings, singled twice and then invoked the 10-run rule with a game-ending two-run homer to center as the Warriors pulled away from their former Midstate Conference rivals, 12-1 in six innings.
"All in all, good way to end the week," said Warriors coach Bubs Hoffman. "We played a little different lineup today, and it was all right. Everybody contributed in one form or another today. It was a good win overall."
WFC got to work right away.
Voytko struck out the side in the top of the first before the scheduled 4:30 p.m. start time. WFC leadoff man Tyler Jenkins then greeted Ridgeview (7-13) starting pitcher Spencer Hopt with a line-drive single to start the bottom half. A Voytko baseknock moved Jenkins to second, and a Sibert RBI grounder up the middle gave the Warriors (8-8) a 1-0 lead.
Things went quickly and quietly afterward until a sacrifice fly in the fourth from Ridgeview cleanup hitter Jalen Duncan tied things 1-1. The Warriors responded with a two-run fourth (Jake Albertson run-scoring double play, Ewing RBI single), a four-run fifth (Hjerpe RBI double, Chandler Hillebrenner RBI groundout plus singles from Brandon Wargo, Sibert and Cody Dodge) and a game-ending five-run fifth (Ewing double, Wargo single, Jenkins one-run single, Hjerpe two-run single, Voytko walk-off homer).
Hjerpe finished with a game-high three RBIs as eight different Warriors provided hits and six WFC hitters drove home runs.
"I think now we're starting to hit the ball earlier in the count, not waiting until we get two strikes and chasing offspeed," Hjerpe said. "Today was pretty good. We hit the ball, we fielded, and Kyle did a great job pitching."
That proved to be more than enough for Voytko, who struck out eight, walked three and allowed just one hit over his six innings on the hill.
"Kyle pitched a great game today and was very efficient with his pitches," said Hoffman. "He just threw strikes ... and did what he had to do today. It took us a little while to get that bats going, but as the game went on we made those adjustments.
"Mason Ewing got a nice two-strike hit, and Collin Hjerpe got a nice two-strike hit. Those were big. Those, I think, kind of gave us that push today, kind of got us over that hump."
At Woodland, rural Streator
Woodland/Flanagan-Cornell 12, Ridgeview 1 (6 inn.)
RIDGEVIEW (1) — Tay cf 3-0-0-0, Givens dh 2-1-0-0, M. Nunamaker ss 3-0-1-0, Duncan c 1-0-0-1, Hopt p/1b 2-0-0-0, S. Nunamaker 3b 2-0-0-0, Sutton 1b/p 1-0-0-0, Benefiel lf 2-0-0-0, Maupin 2b 1-0-0-0, Campbell rf 0-0-0-0. Totals 17-1-1-1.
WFC (12) — Jenkins ss 3-2-2-1, Hjerpe 2b 4-2-2-3, Voytko p 4-1-3-2, Hillebrenner 1b 3-1-1-1, Sibert c 3-0-3-1, Dodge 3b 2-0-1-0, Albertson dh 3-0-0-0, Ewing cf 3-1-2-1, Wargo rf 3-2-2-0, Simpson lf 0-0-0-0, Bressi cr 0-1-0-0, Derossett cr 0-2-0-0. Totals 28-12-16-9.
Ridgeview (7-13) 000 100 — 1 1 3
WFC (8-8) 100 245 — 12 16 0
GIDP - Albertson. LOB - Ridgeview 2; WFC 3. 2B - Hjerpe, Ewing. HR - Voytko. SAC - Jenkins. SF - Duncan. CS - Ewing. HBP - Dodge (by Hopt).
Ridgeview ip r er h bb k
Hopt (L) 5.0 7 4 11 0 5
Sutton 0.0 5 5 5 0 0
Voytko (W) 6.0 1 1 1 3 8
Voytko homered with no outs to end the game.