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Toronto outscores Bobcats in regional semifinals, 14-6

LANCASTER - While the Green Bobcats were hitting, their pitching and defense were taking a hit.

Green banged out 13 hits, but the Toronto Red Knights used 14 hits and three Bobcat errors to post a 14-6 win Friday in the Division IV regional semifinals.

"We got beat by a real good team," Green coach Dave Shoupe said. "We didn't play as well as we can, but they didn't either. Both teams hit the ball well, but we made too many mistakes and they were able to capitalize on them."

The Red Knights went up 2-0 in the top of the first inning on a two-run double by Jake Booth after Mike Freshwater reached on an error and Jake Stone walked.

Green came back to tie the game as Mark Castro singled in a run in the bottom of the first inning and Ryan Bloomfield drove in a run in the second inning.

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then the fireworks began as Toronto erupted for seven runs in the fifth inning.

Aaron Miller and Booth doubled for a run. Sean Lucas, Jake Stone and Max Cling all singled for three more runs. Jared Welday then unloaded a 3-run homer to cap the rally.

The Bobcats came right back with three runs in the bottom of the inning as Ratcliff singled in one run and Brad DeHart had a two-run double.

Toronto got a run in the sixth inning on doubles by Andy Hall and Freshwater and added four insurance runs in the seventh inning.

Booth and Dustin Coil singled in runs while Welday and Miller had RBI doubles.

Bloomfield suffered his first loss of the season after eight wins. He also went 2-for-5 at the plate with a pair of runs batted in.

Adam Sparks was 2-5, Odie Kelly 2-3 Derek Lewis 3-4 and Ratcliff 2-4 to lead Green.

Welday was 2-4 with a double, home run and four RBI. Booth was 2-3.

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WP-Dustin Coil LP-Ryan Bloomfield. 2B-Toronto: Jared Welday, Jake Booth, Aaron Miller, Mike Freshwater; Green: Brad Dehart, Brian Ramey. HR-Toronto: Jared Welday. Hitting-Toronto: Sean Lucas 3-5, Jared Welday 2-4 (4 RBI), Jake Booth 2-3 (2 RBI), Mike Freshwater 1-4 (2 RBI), Aaron Miller 2-3, Jake Stone 1-4 (2 RBI); Green: Derek Lewis 3-4, Ryan Bloomfield 2-5 ( 2 RBI), Brad DeHart 1-3 (2 RBI), Brian Ramey 1-3, Odie Kelly 2-3, Adam Sparks 2-5, Randy Ratcliff 2-4. Records: Green 21-3, Toronto 19-10.