HIGHLAND SPRINGS, VA., JUNE 1 -- Defending Virginia AAA champion W.T. Woodson made the key plays when it had to, but Northern Region rival West Springfield made one mistake too many in semifinal games tonight at Highland Springs' Bailey Field.
West Springfield's Bill Martz gave Lafayette only one hit, but the weak-hitting Eastern Region runner-up won, 2-1.
Michael Woolever had a clutch two-run single and stole home to cap the first of two four-run innings and the Cavaliers ousted Douglas Freeman, 11-1. Woodson (22-4) will play Lafayette (18-5) for the title Saturday here at 2 p.m.
Lafayette junior Curtis Pressey's off-speed pitches kept the hot-hitting Spartans (20-6) off balance. He gave up four hits.
The Rams had only three hits in their 6-3 quarterfinal victory Wednesday over top-seeded Dinwiddie and today scored their runs without a hit.
Jeff Roberts began the game with a walk and came around on a wild pitch, grounder and error.
West Springfield, which had eight starters over .300 and had scored 36 runs in its three previous games, tied in the third.
With two outs and runners at first and second, Pressey walked hot-hitting Gary Butterworth intentionally to load the bases. The strategy failed because Pressey then walked Martz to force home the run.
In the bottom of the third, the Rams moved ahead for good. With one out, Roberts was called out on a check swing but reached first when the low curve got past catcher Mark Grohman. Roberts moved up on a steal and grounder. After making the putout at first base on the grounder, catcher Butterworth tried to catch Roberts napping but overthrew third base, allowing the winning run to score.
The Spartans wasted a big opportunity in the fourth when Jamie Warren doubled with one out. He held second on Rob Steiner's bunt single but reached third when Pressey threw wildly past first base. Steiner then stole second.
West Springfield Coach Ron Tugwell called for a squeeze bunt. Jim Francis, a fine bunter, popped it up. Pressey caught the ball and doubled Warren.
"We get that bunt down and it's two runs," Tugwell said. "He's bunted well all year and we practiced bunting a half-hour before we got here. I didn't think two runs could beat this club. We didn't execute, and the little things are magnified when you make mistakes. We've made mistakes before but we scored runs. And you have to score runs."
Martz deserved better. He threw only 74 pitches. The only hit the Rams got was Roberts' sixth-inning single.
Woodson stranded nine in the first three innings and had only one run. The Cavaliers finally took advantage of their opportunities in the fourth, pushing across four runs for a 5-1 lead.
Two walks and an error loaded the bases and Woolever singled to right to score two runs. Doug Newstrom scored on another error and Woolever stole home for the fourth run of the inning.
Hoping to save Newsome and T.J. Jones for the championship game, the Cavaliers got good pitching from Tom Hamilton (three innings, two hits, one run) and Jason Love (four innings, one hit).
Woodson put the game out of reach in the sixth with four unearned runs. The Rebels (19-6) committed two errors and reliever Jay McMillan walked three, gave up two singles and threw a wild pitch to aid the Cavaliers' cause.
Woodson, which has now won 45 of its last 50 games, had nine hits.Newstrom and Brian Ranney each had two.