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Wilkinson slam lifts Trojans past Raiders

STE. GENEVIEVE – Potosi senior Garrett Wilkinson had a chip on his shoulder after giving up a game-tying home run to North County sophomore Layton Mallow in the sixth inning, which forced the first game of Class 4, District 2 tournament action into extras on Saturday.

Ryan Coleman led off the eighth for the Trojans with a double, and Bailey Crump singled before Noah Jacobsen was intentionally walked to load the bases with two outs.

Wilkinson was next to the plate with the score level at 4-4, and watched one pitch go by for a ball before crushing a grand slam out of left field.

“It definitely felt like it was a little bit of payback from earlier,” Wilkinson said. “Coach moved me up in the rotation, and I felt like I did my job. I haven’t been hitting well in our past few games, but I know this is going to carry over.”

Briley Smith singled with two outs to keep the Raiders alive in the bottom of the eighth, and came home moments later on a hit by Kolten Poorman.

But Jacobsen induced a grounder to second against Sean Pruneau for the final out of an 8-5 triumph in the mid-afternoon heat.

Potosi (14-10) will play tournament host and top seed Ste. Genevieve (18-5) in the semifinal round on Monday. The Trojans defeated the Dragons 13-5 last year on their way to earning the title.

Jacobsen got through a dangerous seventh frame to begin his appearance in relief for Potosi. Smith singled up the middle on the first pitch of the inning before Pruneau and Eli Claywell were walked consecutively to load the bases with one out.

Jacobsen followed with his first of two strikeouts, and left three Raiders on base after coaxing a grounder to third baseman Colin Govero.

Wilkinson allowed four runs on seven hits through six innings in the start for the Trojans. He finished with two hits and five RBI.

Crump was 4-for-5 with a triple as the leadoff man to pace the Potosi offense. Ethan Dicus contributed a double and a single, while Jacobsen tallied an RBI double in the fifth for the Trojans’ first run. Landon Bone added one hit.

Poorman recorded a team-high three hits for North County (16-10), including two RBI plus a triple in the fifth frame. He struck out six and gave up six hits through four innings of relief.

Smith went 3-for-5, and Cole Ziegler ended 2-for-4 with an RBI triple. Pruneau produced a single, and allowed five hits while walking three through four innings in the start.

North County began the contest with hot bats to take a 3-0 edge in the first frame. Poorman singled Drew Forney across for the first run before Claywell grounded out to drive Poorman in from third.

Potosi captured its first lead of 4-3 by recording five of its 11 hits during the fifth inning. Dicus and Jacobsen each had an RBI double before a fielding error allowed Kyle Luther to touch the plate from third.

Potosi senior Garrett Wilkinson (10) approaches a crowd of teammates at home plate after belting a tie-breaking grand slam in the eighth inning against North County during Class 4, District 2 first-round action Saturday in Ste. Genevieve.

Potosi senior Garrett Wilkinson (10) approaches a crowd of teammates at home plate after belting a tie-breaking grand slam in the eighth inning against North County during Class 4, District 2 first-round action Saturday in Ste. Genevieve.

Potosi shortstop Noah Jacobsen (5) tags out North County runner Cole Ziegler at second base on a steal attempt in the fourth inning of a Class 4, District 2 first-round game Saturday in Ste. Genevieve. 

Potosi shortstop Noah Jacobsen (5) tags out North County runner Cole Ziegler at second base on a steal attempt in the fourth inning of a Class 4, District 2 first-round game Saturday in Ste. Genevieve. 

North County left fielder Briley Smith falls backward to make a catch for the third out of the fourth inning against Potosi during the first round of the Class 4, District 2 tournament in Ste. Genevieve on Saturday.

North County left fielder Briley Smith falls backward to make a catch for the third out of the fourth inning against Potosi during the first round of the Class 4, District 2 tournament in Ste. Genevieve on Saturday.

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