NEW BLOOMFIELD -- The bottom of the order came through for the New Bloomfield Wildcats, as Michael Saleny and Braden Jackson combined to drive in all four runs in New Bloomfield’s 4-1 win against the Vienna Eagles in the first round of the Class 2 District 8 Tournament.
The New Bloomfield duo drove in all four runs with two outs.
In the bottom of the second inning, Jackson singled to left field to score Ashton Schuster to tie the game at 1.
Jackson came through again in the fourth, as he hit a single to right field that scored Gavin Thomas and Andrew Fouch, giving the Wildcats a 3-1 lead.
Saleny’s RBI hit came in the sixth inning, as he doubled to center field. Lucas Buscher scored to give New Bloomfield a three-run advantage.
Saleny did his part on the mound as well, pitching 5⅔ innings while allowing one run on four hits and striking out two. Saleny was pulled with a 2-0 count against Vienna’s Tanner Bock, as he was at 59 pitches, keeping him eligible to pitch in the Wildcats’ next district game.
Trevor Jordan took over on the mound, and after walking Bock, he retired the next four batters he faced. Jordan struck out the side in the seventh to close the game.
Vienna took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, as Eli Hayes scored from second base on a two-out error.
Saleny and Jackson each had two hits for New Bloomfield, as Saleny added a single in the fourth. Jordan and Buscher singled for the Wildcats’ other hits.
Bayrd Vanscoy pitched a complete game for fifth-seeded Vienna (13-7). In six innings, he gave up four runs on six hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.
New Bloomfield (8-9), the No. 4 seed, advances to play top-seeded -- and top-ranked -- Russellville (23-4) in the semifinals at 4 p.m. Monday.
In Friday’s other first-round game, third-seeded Iberia defeated sixth-seeded New Haven 10-0 in five innings.
Kaden Lawson struck out seven batters in 3⅔ innings to get the win for the Rangers -- ranked No. 8 in Class 2 -- while Hunter Piggott had a game-high three hits and Haiden Martin drove in four runs on a pair of hits.
Iberia (16-3) advances to play second-seeded Eugene (12-5) in the semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Monday.