SECTION - Section pitchers Colton Linderman and Dylan Davis baffled Sand Rock's hitters in their Class 2A first-round baseball playoff series on Thursday at Section. Linderman allowed just two hits in the Lions' 4-0 win in game one. Davis had a perfect game going through six innings in game two before it was broken up in the bottom of the seventh in Section's 3-1 victory.
Bradon Carver and Seth Justice had the only two hits for Sand Rock (9-14) off Linderman in game one. Brady Jackson and Gaston Willard were both hit by pitches.
Sand Rock attempted to tie game one at a run apiece in the top of the fifth. Willard was hit by a pitch. He advanced to second on Cade Ballenger's sacrifice bunt and tried to score on Carver's single to left, but was thrown out at the plate.
That would be the only offensive threat the Wildcats had, as Linderman went the distance. He finished with eight strikeouts.
Linderman's performance on the mound spoiled a solid outing by Sand Rock's Perry Stevens. He tossed six innings, giving up just one earned run on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts.
Roderic Branford led the Lions (17-11) at the plate by going 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs. Trevier Porter also had a pair of hits and scored a run. Ty Bolt doubled and scored a run
In the nightcap, Davis was the story. He allowed no earned runs on one hit with no walks and nine strikeouts. He was also 3-for-4 at the plate with a RBI. Linderman and Trevor Gentry were both 2-for-4. Linderman also scored a run. Jacob Gentry finished with a hit and scored a run.
Bradon Carver reached on an error to lead off the bottom of the seventh and scored on Carson Carver's single to center for Sand Rock's only run of the game.
Noah McMeekin suffered the loss for the Wildcats. He tossed four innings before giving way to Carson Carver in the fifth.