ROCKTON (WREX) — Hononegah junior Ryan Anderson pitched a complete game (9 innings), while delivering the walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to lead the #2 Hononegah Indians over the #1 seed Huntley Red Raiders in a 4A Sectional title.
Huntley took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning, from there Anderson threw seven scoreless innings to keep Honoengah in the game. Noah Goddard hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at two.
In the bottom of the ninth, Gabe Roessler singled to right-center, where he took advantage of an outfield bobble, and made it to second safely with one out. Scott Porter followed with an infield single, then Anderson nailed one to the left-center gap, out of the reach of the center fielder and the Indians mobbed the junior at first following the big hit.
"It was a bit of a relief," said Anderson with a smile. "It was good we were happy because we wanted this one really bad. We've been shooting for it all year ever since we lost to them the first time."
Roessler, who scored the winning run, was all smiles after that big win.
"It started off I got that single then he bobbled it, advanced to second then Scotty comes up, little dribbler, beats it out," said Roessler with a grin. "It's just baseball right? Ryan hits a little blooper, I'm seeing it going home jumping up and down and they almost catch it and we're like 'no', and then he drops it and it's just pure excitement, joy, can't even explain it. Overwhelmed."
The Indians travel to Schaumburg to play Mount Prospect, Monday at 7:15 p.m. at Wintrust Field.