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Bloomfield upsets top-seeded Tigers

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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Bloomfield's Zach Pounds safely crosses the plate in the first inning of Tuesday's Class 2, District 2 semifinal game against Clearwater. Pounds had a double in the contest as the Wildcats win 5-4. Brent Shipman, Staff
CHARLESTON -- In a dramatic finish the fifth-seeded Bloomfield Wildcats upset top-seeded Clearwater on Tuesday to advance to the Class 2, District 2 Championship.

Holding a slim 5-4 lead in the bottom of the seventh, Bloomfield found itself in trouble when the Tigers hit back-to-back singles to leave the winning run at first.

After getting a pop up to center for the second out, the Wildcats saw Clearwater's No. 9 hitter hit a slow roller to the first baseman Adam Vandiver.

Vandiver tossed to pitcher Paul Fox, who was sprinting to get to the bag before the runner, only to see Fox end up in the dirt trying to collect the ball while maintaining contact with the bag.

With the runner being called safe, the tying run looked to have scored from second with the winning run moving to third.

Fortunately for Bloomfield, an appeal to the home plate umpire overturned the call, giving the Wildcats the third out needed to seal the game.

"Luckily the home plate umpire was there because that would have been a big play," Jason Karnes said. "The tying run would have came in and, not only that, the winning run went to third.

"I think the umpires got it right and anytime in that situation as long as they get it right that's basically all that matters."

Bloomfield 203 000 0 - 5

Clearwater 100 102 0 - 4

WP -- Adam Vandiver. LP -- Joel Koeing. 2B -- (B) Zach Pounds; (C) Logan Morris.