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By David Sharp
Green City (15-6) got strong pitching from Jaden O’Haver and a manufactured first inning run to win their fifth consecutive district baseball championship by a 1-0 final score over Princeton (11-11).
The Gophers advanced past the Newtown-Harris/ Grundy County Coop with a Grant O’Haver home run for a 2-0 win in the semifinals. Green City will play at North Shelby on Monday, May 22, 2023 in the Class 1 baseball Sectionals.
Ty Hall reached base on an error leading off the Gopher first inning. Aaron Peavler slammed a double putting runners on second and third base with none out. Hall raced home on a wild pitch for what proved to be the only run of the contest.
Talan Holt stroked a third inning leadoff hit for Princeton. The Tigers had the aid of a one out error but could not score. Gavin Power singled, putting the Princeton leadoff man on base in the fourth.
A bunt and two strikeouts prevented the runner from scoring. Green City had a chance to pad their advantage when Grant O’Haver drew a walk from Tiger hurler Landon Krohn leading off the Gopher fourth inning.
Xander Salas walked with one out in the Green City fifth but was retired as part of an inning ending 6-3 double play. Jaden O’Haver drew a two out walk in the sixth but failed to advance.
Jaden O’Haver struck out the final batter of the game with his 100th pitch for the 1-0 win. Princeton was blanked on three hits. Talan Holt was 2-2 for the Tigers. Landon Krohn pitched a great game for Princeton.
Krohn went the six inning distance with 11 strikeouts and three walks on one hit. The only run of the contest was unearned.
Jaden O’Haver pitched the seven inning distance with ten strikeouts, no walks on three hits and no runs allowed.