LYNCHBURG, VA., JUNE 2 -- Marshall third baseman Lonnie Goldberg bounced a two-out single into left field in the top of the seventh inning tonight to give the Statesmen a 1-0 triumph over E.C. Glass in a Virginia AAA semifinal baseball game at City Stadium.
The victory, Marshall's 22nd in 23 games this season, sends the Northern Region champions into Friday's state championship game at home against Mills Godwin of Richmond.
After being held to one hit over the first six inings by left-hander Greg Harris, Marshall's Rob Turner beat out an infield hit to shortstop with one out in the seventh.
Turner moved to third on a passed ball and a groundout. After T.J. Sariano walked, Goldberg delivered on a 2-2 pitch to score Turner with the game-winner.
Glass, the Northwest Region champions who finished 20-3, threatened in the first and fifth innings by putting two men on base, but couldn't score.
After starting pitcher Steve MacKranczy yielded a leadoff single to Dean Thornton in the fifth inning, Marshall Coach Dean Sissler quickly called on his ace left-hander Pete Schourek.
Schourek, who reportedly was drafted by the New York Mets in the second round of today's baseball draft, hit Mike Lee with a pitch, but struck out Chad Smith and got Darryl Humbles to line into a double play.
Schourek had five strikeouts in three innings and improved his record to 13-0. Harris (10-2) had 10 strikeouts and a no-hitter for five innings. Goldberg broke the ice for the Statesmen with a leadoff single in the sixth inning.
MacKranczy, a surprise starter for the Statesmen, got out of a first-inning jam in which he yielded a bunt single to Brian Coleman and a walk to Greg Oakes. However, he got Brad McCall on a grounder to second. The Hilltoppers' also threatened in the fifth when Schourek came in to get the Statesmen out of a two-on, no-out jam.
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Madison's Kristyn Abel struck out 14 as the Warhawks defeated Albermarle, 4-0, in a state semifinal game at Braddock Park.
Madison got the only run it needed in the first. Cheryl Willson, who was safe at first on a throwing error, stole second and scored on a two-out single by Donna Weller.
The Warhawks added one run in the third and two in the fifth. Abel, who held the Patriots to two hits, struck out the side in the second and the fourth innings.
"We just haven't faced good pitching like that all year," said the Patriots' Rony Hanger. "She just froze us at the plate."
Madison, which won its 19th straight since losing to Yorktown early in the season, improved to 22-1. The Patriots finished at 21-1.