Waverly-Shell Rock holds off Carlisle 8-5 to reach 3A baseball semifinal

Waverly-Shell Rock took control early and held on late as the Go-Hawks topped fourth ranked Carlisle 8-5 to advance to the class 3A state semifinal round.

The Go-Hawks opened on a tear, batting ten runners in the first inning, while scoring six runs. Senior Carson Kallenberger and junior Carter Langreck provided the biggest fireworks in the inning. Kallenberger deposited a bases loaded, RBI single in to left for an early 2-0 lead. Langreck followed suit in the next at-bat, knocking a gap double in to left centerfield that cleared the bases.

Carlisle, however, scored five unanswered runs in the next three innings, started off by a Nate Mortimer three run home run over the suites beyond the left field fence.

W-SR, however, came up with some insurance in the fourth inning. Kallenberger knocked a clutch base hit in to left plating two more runs to seal the ballgame.

Head coach Casey Klunder called it a complete team effort.

“Our boys did a great job of extending the lead there in the late innings,” said Klunder, “Brady (Leonard) didn’t have his best stuff today, but it took a total team effort from our boys, and they did a wonderful job from start to finish.”

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