Henrietta baseball advances to the area round of playoffs with two blowout wins over Merkel in in the bi-district series.
On Thursday, the Bearcats defeated Merkel 7-1.
Henrietta scored three runs in the fifth on on a wild pitch and a two-run double by Aaron Whitehead.
Daniel Wilson went a perfect 3-3 at the dish for the Bearcats.
Parker Kleinert’s nine strikeouts were enough to hold off the Badgers. Parker allowed one earned run on six hits and two walks over seven innings.
Brandon Baker took the loss for Merkel. He allowed seven runs in seven innings, walked three and struck out two.
The game was never in doubt after the third, as Henrietta Bearcats Varsity scored three runs on an RBI single by Cody Fletcher.
Henrietta capped the best-two-of-three series Friday with a 15-1 rout.
The game was decided quickly as Henrietta scored eight runs in the first three innings.
A sacrifice fly by Fletcher in the first inning and an RBI single by Kandon Bennett, an RBI single by Kleinert, and an RBI single by Fletcher during the second inning supplied the early offense for Henrietta.
Rody Fenoglio went a perfect 3-3 at the plate for Bearcats. He singled in the second, third, and fourth innings.
Whitehead had an impressive outing against Merkel’s lineup. Merkel managed just two hits off of Whitehead, who allowed one earned run, walked four and struck out six during his four innings of work.
Dixon Yaddow took the loss for Merkel. He lasted just 1 1/3 innings, walked four, struck out one, and allowed five runs.