PINE GROVE – With a trip to the Class 1A North finals on the line, there was no question who would take the hill Monday night for Falkner against county rival Pine Grove.
The only question was if Will Robertson could be affective on two days rest.
Fortunately for the visiting Eagles – and unfortunately for the Panthers – he was.
Robertson pitched a one-hit, 11-strikeout complete game and junior shortstop Trevor Wilson drove in four runs with his first grand slam of the season to help the visiting Eagles defeat the Panthers 10-2.
They took the series 2-1 and advanced to the Class 1A north semifinals, which will start Thursday.
“I’ve said all season, when you have a Will you have a way,” said Falkner coach Chip Johnson, who will guide the Eagles into their first ever north final series. “We rely on Will a lot, but we beat the baseball up tonight.
“Scoring 10 runs against a good team like Pine Grove is big for us.”
Robertson, not as sharp as his Game 1 outing Friday when he fanned 18 batters, gave all the credit to his teammates. He started shaky, allowing two runs in the third inning off a groundout by Jimmy Spires and an RBI-single by Trent Collins.
However he settled in and struck out eight over the final four innings.
“I was hurting on two days rest and I really didn’t do anything at the plate, but the rest of the guys stepped up.” Robertson said. “They backed me up 110 percent and this feels great.”
Pine Grove coach Chris Shinall said Robertson is tough to beat, but he gave credit to the Eagle batters as well.
“They’re a different team with Robertson, but regardless, they had kids to step up,” Shinall said. “Wilson had the bomb in the sixth inning, but the bottom of their lineup hit the ball.”
The Eagles totaled nine hits, four of which came from batters six through nine.
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