CARBONDALE — The Goreville Blackcats defeated the Woodlawn Cardinals 8-3 in a semifinal game of the Class 1A Goreville Sectional on Wednesday. The game took place at SIU’s Itchy Jones Stadium due to poor field conditions in Goreville. The Blackcats advance to the championship game on Saturday, and will take on Steeleville.
Trent Glidewell earned the win for Goreville. He allowed two hits and two runs over four and a third innings. Glidewell was wildly consistent, surrendering seven walks, but made enough pitches to strand runners on base with a strong defense behind him.
“Defense played good today,” said Goreville coach Shawn Tripp. “(Caleb) Murley did a great job behind the plate because Glidewell was wild, but he was effective wild and battled his butt off. He hasn’t thrown in a while and showed the rust today, and that’s a little bit my fault not getting him enough work, but that’s a part of it.”
Landon Albright made an appearance out of the bullpen for Goreville. Albright threw one and two-thirds innings for the Blackcats. Between Glidewell and Albright the Goreville pitching worked out of numerous tough spots.
Woodlawn was threatening with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth inning. Albright got a ground ball right back to the mound to get out the inning and end the Cardinals threat.
Glidewell got the offense going in the first inning with a triple out of the No. 2 spot in the lineup. Logan Hankins brought Glidewell in to score on an RBI single to give the Blackcats an early one-run lead.
The game was tied at one apiece until Goreville’s bats exploded for six runs in the fifth inning. Glidewell kickstarted the fifth with his second triple of the game, and then came home to score after Hankins launched a double off the left field wall. Six consecutive batters reached base in the inning for the Blackcats, as it took some time for Goreville’s bats to heat up.
“It was something that we were wishing to do earlier in the game,” said Tripp. “I think we always have one inning in every game that we score two to seven runs. We just keep wanting to get that production earlier in the game so we can relax a bit.“
Goreville collected 12 hits on the day. Hankins, Briley Dunn, and Glidewell all had multiple hits for the Blackcats. Hankins led with three hits in four at bats.
“We just need to relax more at the plate,” said Tripp. “I thought we were a little too aggressive by swinging at the first pitch … we just need to relax and we’ll get ours.”
Bryce Porter took the loss for Woodlawn. The junior pitcher allowed nine hits and five runs over four and a third innings, striking out four. Porter had good command early, as he settled in after surrendering the one run in the first inning. The right-hander made quick work of the next three innings before Goreville figured him out in the fifth.
The Woodlawn bats were silenced by Glidewell after the first inning. The Cardinals weren’t able to record their second hit of the game until the Blackcats were ahead by six runs in the fifth inning.
Jackson Tiemann went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Woodlawn. The Cardinals stole six bases, as Tiemann and Aaron Spangler each finished with two apiece.
Woodlawn lost the turnover battle by committing three errors to Goreville’s zero.
Steeleville defeated Gallatin County 10-0 in the other semifinal.
Goreville has yet to face Steeleville as they prepare for Saturday.
“Steeleville we haven’t played yet but we’ve heard a lot of good things about them," Tripp said.