by Anthony Gray
(Plain Press, June 2011) The Lincoln West Wolverine baseball team beat the John Marshall Lawyers 7-3 in a May 10th game between the two teams competing at Brookside Park for the right to go to the Senate Championship. Over 200 people in attendance at the game witnessed the first meeting of the senate’s two teams undefeated in Senate play. The meeting of the teams had been delayed by two rainouts.
After three scoreless innings marked by superb defense, Giovanni Vargas got a key hit with 2 men on for the Wolverines, and that broke the scoreless cycle. The key player was Emmanuel Garcia, as he pitched 5 scoreless innings and got 2 key hits to take the Lincoln West Wolverines to a victory over the John Marshall Lawyers.
Lincoln West’s outfielder, Brian Ruiz, the kid who hit a 420-foot ball last year in the championship, is now being recruited by the Cleveland Indians. He did not let the scouts down as he got 2 very nice line drive hits to help the Wolverines win.
With the win Lincoln West advances to the Senate Championship Game on May 27th at Progressive Field. A well-coached John Marshall Lawyer team will have to wait for next year.
Since the May 10th game, the Lincoln West Wolverines, coached by Tom Casselberry, have continued on with an excellent season, advancing to the Division I State Sectional Championship Game where they beat North Royalton on May 11th by a score of 14-10. Lincoln West faced Midpark faced District Semi Finals, losing 9-7 on May 20th ending the highest advancement in the State playoffs for a Senate Athletic League team in recent history.
Editor’s note: Lincoln West did not fare well in the Senate Championship Game at Progressive Field. They lost to Rhodes 3-1.