Washington overturns Morton baseball team, 2-1

Bryan Veginski

The Morton baseball team led almost the entire way May 22.

But one inning made all the difference as the Potters' season ended with a 2-1 loss to Washington in the Class 3A Morton Regional semifinals.

No. 2-seed Morton (14-16) was held without a hit over the last five innings by Panther pitcher Cole Cook, who threw his longest varsity outing of the year.

Fellow lefthander Jordan Wanner tossed another masterpiece for the Potters at Morton Community Baseball Stadium. In a complete game four-hitter, he struck out six with one walk.

"The bottom line is, he threw a whale of a ball game," MHS head coach Jesse Crawford said of Wanner.

Wanner also scored Morton's lone run.

He led off the bottom of the first with a double to left-center field and later motored home on a wild pitch.

The Potters had a chance to put Cook on the ropes, but hit into double plays to end the first, second and third innings.

"We just didn't get the breaks today," said Crawford. "We collectively didn't have a whole lot of luck."

Third-seeded Washington, still facing a 1-0 deficit, threatened in the sixth as it had baserunners at the corners with only one out.

But Wanner got the Panthers' leading 2013 hitter, Casey Danley, to bounce into a 6-3 double play as shortstop Jared Liddle fielded the ball near second, stepped on the base and fired to first.

Washington's Mason McCoy, wanting to extend his four-year varsity career, opened the top of the seventh with a triple to deep center.

After a strikeout and walk, the Panthers tied the game on a groundball when the throw home trying to cut down McCoy was low.

The next batter lofted a sacrifice fly to right for a 2-1 Washington margin.

Morton went down in order in the home half of the seventh to lose for the first time this season to the Panthers.

Liddle had Morton's other extra-base hit — a second-inning double with one out.

Ryan Wiegand followed with a single.