The Bucs stole 14 bases and rolled to a 10-0 victory over Washburn in the Region 1-A semifinals Tuesday night at Thomas Stadium.
“We just went on first move and he had a very high leg kick, so we timed him out right,” UH coach Josh Petty said of the seemingly never ending stream of bases being swiped. “Once we saw that most of the time we could go in standing, we felt pretty confident.”
UH (25-12) will face Greenback (25-9) for the regional championship Wednesday at 6 p.m. at David Crockett High School’s field. More importantly, win or lose on Wednesday, the Bucs will play a sectional game on Friday for a berth in the state tournament.
Carter Pollock had an eventful day for UH, going 2 for 3 with three RBIs, scoring two runs and getting four of the stolen bases.
The game ended on the 10-run mercy rule when Pollock was hit with a pitch while the bases were loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning.
“I guess I’ve seen a game end like that, but it’s never happened to me before,” said Pollock, who will start on the mound for the Bucs in the regional championship game. “I’m glad to get the win. We sure did well on the base paths. We’re looking forward to Wednesday against Greenback.”
Henry Borthwick had RBI singles in each of his three at-bats for UH. Brant Hare drove in a run with a hit and Kaleb Meredith scored twice and had three of the stolen bases.
Pollock got things going for the Bucs with an RBI single in the first inning and Mike Degennaro made it stand. The UH starter allowed enough base runners for a bit of concern, but always got out of any mini-jam he managed to pitch himself into.
Degennaro held Washburn to one hit and walked three batters during four shutout innings.
Meredith came on and worked a perfect fifth.
“We’re very excited,” Petty said. “We set up our pitching for this week. Everything’s lined up for us.”
Washburn finished 7-15.