“We had runners at second and third in the first inning with one out, but Korchak struck out our Nos. 4 and 5 hitters,” Mattingly said. “I talked to my kids about being aggressive at plate and looking for fastballs early. The second time around, he started mixing it up and kept us on our heels. We still did a pretty good job.”
Jacob Mazzarella contributed a fifth-inning single for the Bobcats, whose 14-4 finish marked their best record in Mattingly’s three seasons as head coach.
Sidney game suspended
Sidney’s Section Four Class C quarterfinal at Lansing was suspended by rain with no score after the top of the first inning, Warriors softball coach Mike Brazee said.
The game will resume at 1:30 p.m. today back in Lansing with the Bobcats taking their first at-bats.
Sidney (14-6) is seeded seventh. Lansing (17-1) is the No. 2 seed.
CLASS C-2Pulaski 2, Cooperstown 0
Tom Taplin struck out 16 and walked two in a three-hitter as No. 5 Pulaski downed fourth-seeded host Cooperstown in a Section Three Class C-2 quarterfinal at Doubleday Field.
“He’s the best we’ve faced all year,” said Cooperstown coach Frank Miosek, whose team had two of its three hits in the seventh inning.
Taplin got out of the seventh-inning jam with a comebacker and back-to-back strikeouts to secure the victory for Pulaski (9-7), which advanced to a C-2 sectional semifinal Saturday.
Jack Donnelly, James Johnson and Ray Cabrera singled for Cooperstown (9-7), which got four strikeouts in six innings from Ethan Bliss in a combined four-hitter with Sawyer Haney.
Pulaski clean-up batter Steven Glenister hit an RBI single to left field in the first inning to open the scoring. Kevin Koehler walked, stole second and moved to third on a balk by Bliss, who was penalized for “pitching too fast,” Miosek said, to set up Glenister.