JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK--The Janesville 13U baseball team is showing the ability and emotional stability to play for the Babe Ruth World Series title.
Janesville scored six times in the fifth inning en route to a 7-0 victory over Ithaca (New York) in a quarterfinal game of the 13U Babe Ruth World Series on Thursday night.
The victory sends the local squad into a semifinal game. Janesville, the second seed in the National Division, plays Tri-County (Maine), the No. 1 seed from the American Division at 6:30 p.m. today. The winner advances to the championship game at noon Saturday.
“We’re in the final four,” head coach Tom Davey said Thursday night.
Mitchell Woelfle led Janesville on the mound and at the plate.
Woelfle pitched six innings with Eric Hughes pitching the seventh. Ithaca finished with three hits. In addition, Woelfle helped his own cause with a bases-clearing double in the fifth.
Janesville scored the first run in the second inning when Cody Logterman’s two-out single scored Jordan Curtis.
That run gave the Janesville a boost of confidence.
“The way ‘Wolfy’ was pitching, one run looked to be enough to win,” Davey said. “This was clearly the best game he’s ever pitched since I coached him. His demeanor on the mound, his mechanics and his spotting of pitches was terrific.”
While one run was all Janesville needed, Woelfle’s bases-loaded double in the fifth, along with RBI singles by Curtis and Logterman, gave Janesville more than enough cushion.
Davey is pleased with the way his team is handling its success.
“The kids are happy, but they are well-grounded,” Davey said. “Our kids are focused. I loved the way they reacted to the win. They were excited, but not off the charts.”
Micah Overley will start tonight’s semifinal game against Tri-County.