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Northwood's Ben Libben is all smiles after being driven in by Eric Winslow on Tuesday against Woodbridge.

Northwood gets a scare, but beats Woodbridge

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Northwood baseball team evens league mark at 2-2.

IRVINE - Northwood's baseball team had what looked to be a comfortable six-run lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday afternoon in a Pacific Coast League game against Woodbridge at Ryan Lemmon Stadium.

But the Warriors made it interesting in the final two innings. Northwood held on for an 8-5 victory.

Jonathan Model (2-3) pitched the first 6 1/3 innings to record the victory. Steven Horell came on in the seventh to notch the save.

"How many times did it look like he got in trouble?" Northwood coach Rob Stuart said of Model. "And then he just showed a lot of class and character and kept us in the ballgame and he made big pitches that counted.

"He didn't let a couple miscues let him down. I would have liked to see him finish it, but he reached the maximum pitch count."

Woodbridge (1-3, 4-6) battled back in the seventh.

With one out, pinch-hitter Forrest Djavaherian singled. Pinch-hitter Matt Schneble walked and Ben Wylly was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Djavaherian scored on a wild pitch to make it 8-5.

Brennan Leitao walked, but Brandon Smith lined into a double play to end the game.

Northwood, which outhit Woodbridge, 13-6, was led by Eric Winslow, who was 2 for 4 with three RBIs, including a bases-loaded triple in the sixth inning.

"You want your seniors to do that," Stuart said.

Alex King was 2 for 4 with a run scored, two RBIs and two doubles.

Ben Libben was 2 for 4 with two runs scored, and Aaron Globerson was 3 for 4 with two runs scored. Ojo Weiss was 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored.

It wasn't a perfect game for Northwood, which made three errors.

"We got every break today that could have happened, and guess what, we also made some breaks for ourselves," Stuart said.

Northwood (4-5, 2-2) scored two runs in the first inning. Justin Gisch was hit by a pitch and scored on a double by King. Kevin Fiege then drove home King with a double.

Woodbridge countered with two runs in the third inning. Sam Lemmon singled and scored on a single by Brandon Horth. Wylly drove in the run on a sacrifice fly.

But Northwood scored two runs in the fourth, one coming on a single by Ojo Weiss and four more in the sixth off of Woodbridge starter Matt Budgell, who was relieved by Leitao in the sixth and Chris Lummanlan in the seventh.

Woodbridge countered with two runs in the sixth, taking advantage of two Northwood errors. Trevor Walker drove in two with a single.

But the Warriors could not complete the comeback.

"We got outplayed," said Woodbridge coach Tim Murray. "When you get outplayed, sometimes you got to reach out and compete. I was proud we came back at the end, but it just wasn't enough.

"We had a lot of bad luck, it seems like, but that's baseball sometimes."

Making matters worse for Woodbridge, Horth pulled his hamstring running to third base in the third inning and had to be replaced. He came up to hit one more time.

Horth, Woodbridge's top hitter, is scheduled to be on the mound Friday against Irvine.

Woodbridge was coming off a 1-0 loss to Corona del Mar in 12 innings on Friday.


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