WOODSTOCK -- The runs were going to come eventually.
Kell just had to stay patient.
After being shut out in the first five innings Friday at Woodstock -- despite having runners in scoring position in the second, third and fifth -- the Longhorns notched the game-tying run in the sixth before tacking on three more in the seventh to win 4-1.
Kell (16-4) scored all of its runs after Woodstock starter Josiah Siegel threw five shutout innings, giving up six hits and two walks while striking out seven.
Brad Grenkoski, who was 2-for-2 with two walks, broke the game open in the seventh inning with a two-run triple that scored Mason Hunter and Sam Blancato. Three batters later, Noah Dawkins capped the scoring with a double to center field to score Grenkoski.
In the top of the sixth, with Woodstock clinging to a 1-0 lead, Kell tied the game when Rylie O’Brien hit a two-out single to center that scored Logan Smith.
“That’s our approach as far as at the plate,” Kell coach Todd Harris said. “We do a really, really good job of feeling a pitcher out. Not missing our pitch is the main thing. Our kids, typically in the fifth, sixth, seventh inning, we start scoring a ton of our runs.”
Kell had its chances to manufacture runs when Siegel was in the game, but it could not get those key hits and ended up stranding six runners.
It looked like the Longhorns would break through in the fourth when Inglis, Dawkins and Smith singled to load the bases with no outs. Woodstock (14-8) got out of the inning unscathed when Siegel struck out O’Brien on six pitches and forced Jaiden Lan to hit into a double play.
Kell had runners on first and third in the second inning with one out before Siegel bailed himself out by striking out O’Brien and Lan.
Unfortunately for the Georgia Tech-bound Siegel, Brennan Milone’s RBI triple in the third scored Preston Gunnell with what proved to be the go-ahead run.
Woodstock had its share of opportunities to help Siegel out.
The Wolverines had runners on second and third in the first inning and could not bring them home, despite forcing Kell starter Hal Stelljes to throw 22 pitches in the inning. In the second, Kameron Douglas doubled with two outs, but he could not advance any further.
Following Milone’s RBI triple with one out in the third, he was picked off at the plate after Spencer Keefe swung at a dropped third strike, resulting in a 2-3-2 double play.
“Like every team, we have our ups and downs,” Woodstock coach Jeff Brown said. “We like our chances with Josiah on the mound. We wish we could have given him more run support, but we had some guys hit the ball hard right at people, and it wasn’t falling for us.”