Rueben Livingston and Matt VanOstenbridge combined on a four-hitter as fifth-seeded Wilson edged fourth-seeded Twin Valley 3-2 in a Berks Baseball League quarterfinal Thursday at Gochnauer Field.
Livingston, a senior right-hander, allowed no earned runs, four hits and one walk in six innings and struck out 10. VanOstenbridge, a sophomore left-hander, struck out two and walked one in his only inning for the save.
“Rueben dominated most of the game,” Bulldogs coach Sal Raccuglia said. “He was throwing his fastball and curveball for strikes. He wasn’t flawless but he did everything he could to give us a chance to win.”
Wilson (9-9) advanced to the semifinals and will play eighth-seeded Oley Valley, a stunning 6-1 winner over No. 1 seed Gov. Mifflin, Monday at 4:15 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Ryan Sekulski had an RBI single in the first inning for the Bulldogs. Wilson took a 3-0 lead in the second on Trevor Bilodeau’s RBI single and an error by the Raiders (12-7).
Twin Valley scored two unearned runs in the sixth to cut it to 3-2. Jaydon Goebel had an RBI single.
VanOstenbridge slammed the door in the seventh and saved Wilson’s second win over Twin Valley this season.
Raiders junior Kannon Zdimal pitched effectively, going five innings, allowing one earned run, five hits and one walk and striking out six.
The Bulldogs are in jeopardy of not qualifying for the District 3 Class 6A playoffs and not being able to defend their title. Their focus is on winning their third Berks title since 2017.
“Districts are not looking good right now,” Raccuglia said. “This is our season. Our focus is on getting to that county championship game and figuring out a way to win it.”
Source: Berkshire mont