All that was standing between Dover and an undefeated conference season was Brandon Wolski. That would be an obstacle the Pirates could not overcome.
Wolski allowed a single in the third inning, walked a man in the fifth and issued another base on balls in the seventh in shutting out the Pirates, 4-0 in their only game of the week – a senior day affair planned against Charleston, who will be a conference opponent next year, was cancelled on Tuesday.
As the title, and consequently the top seed, had already been decided, the loss didn’t hurt the Pirates in terms of the district tournament that will be held in Mena starting Friday.
However, it mattered greatly to the Bearcats as they will be the second seed and have therefore punched their ticket to the Class 4A North Region tournament in Lincoln next week.
Already staked to a 1-0 lead, which he provided by doubling to score Brandon Herrera in the top of the first, Wolski (7-0) started the game with the first two of his to-be nine strike outs.
The Bearcats left a pair of walks aboard in the second, stranded Herrera after a one out single in the third and a double play erased a Hayden Fennell single in the fourth before Wolski had more breathing room.
Cody Simpson singled to start the fifth then stole second. He scored on an error that allowed Trevor Jones to reach. Jones later scored when Herrera struck out but reached for the third time.
In the sixth Fennell reached on an error and scored on a two-out double by Simpson to make it 4-0.