In Saturday's game between Wesleyan and Mount Pisgah Christian, both teams had runners in scoring position throughout the game.
The difference was that the Wolves were able to drive in those runs and the Patriots were not. The outcome was a 6-3 win for Wesleyan.
Mount Pisgah got on the board first in the bottom of the first when Wesleyan starting pitcher Mason Colquitt walked the bases loaded and then walked Joseph Marco, scoring Jerome Morris.
However, Wesleyan scored two runs in the second and third innings. Mount Pisgah tied the game in the bottom of the second. Then to start the top of the fourth, Gardner Heaner walked and advanced to second on a throwing error by Mount Pisgah starting pitcher Danny Schneider.
With a man on second and nobody out, Drew Widner knocked a two-run homer over the left field wall to give the Wolves a 4-2 lead. Widner went two for three with a walk and two RBIs and he scored three times.
The Wolves aded to their lead in the top of the sixth. With runners on second and third and two outs, Mount Pisgah relief pitcher Joseph Marco threw a wild pitch, scoring Drew Widner from third. Then the batter, pinch hitter Pierce Ostwalt, singled in Jamie Stark to increase Wesleyan's lead to 6-2.
Mount Pisgah threatened in its half of the sixth when pinch hitter Ryan Felice, who walked, advanced to third on a throwing error by Wesleyan relief pitcher Jerome Shirley.
Taylor Hammonds hit a sacrifice fly scoring Felice, and the Patriots were within three runs. Zach Thayer then reached on a walk. Then the Patriots' lead-off man, Jerome Morris, doubled to right and Mount Pisgah had runners on second and third with two outs.
However, Wesleyan pitcher Jerome Shirley struck out Kyle Jackson to end the Patriots' threat. Wesleyan tried to get some insurance in its half of the seventh when Colquitt doubled to right field with one out. Then, Gardner Heaner singled, moving Colquit to third. However, Jamie Startk grounded out to end the Wolves' threat in the top of the seventh.
Now, it was Mount Pisgah's last chance. The inning got off to a great start when lead-off hitter Hank Shaw hit a double off the left field wall. Danny Schneider then singled and once again, Mount Pisgah had runners in scoring position, and this time with no one out.
Adrian Celata came to the plate with a chance to drive in a run and continue the comeback. Scneider stole second and Mount Pisgah had a golden opportunity with runners at second and third with nobody out. However, Celata struck out, but Joseph Marco walked and the Patriots had the bases loaded with one out.
But the day would belong to the Wolves as pinch hitter Graham Wyman grounded into a double play to end the game.
"We had opportunities we didn't take advantage of. In previous games, we took advantage of those opportunities. That's the difference between winning and losing," Mount Pisgah Head Coach John O'Connor said.
With the win, Wesleyan improves its record to 9-3 overall and an undefeated 4-0 in Region 5 A play. The Wolves return to the diamond Monday when they travel to Holy Innocents. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.