Seminole done in by pickoffs

Jefferson (17-10) earned the ticket with a 3-2 victory over Seminole (22-6).

Published May 5, 2007

SEMINOLE - Seminole coach Greg Olsen said his Warhawks prepared for Jefferson's dangerous catcher David Regidor.

But despite knowing the Dragons pitcher had a good arm and that baserunners would have to be alert Friday, Regidor managed to squash an apparent rally, and that had a huge impact on which team advanced to the regional final.

Jefferson (17-10) earned the ticket with a 3-2 victory over Seminole (22-6).

"Their catcher made the two biggest plays of the game, and it really limited our chance to have a big inning, " Olsen said. "That's what great players do. He came through in the clutch for his team, and that's why they are moving on."

Jefferson jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and the shutout held until the fifth, when Seminole used four hits and two walks to score its first run.

But the story wasn't getting on the scoreboard - it was the runners who never crossed the plate. One was picked off at second base by Regidor after a failed bunt attempt; another was thrown out at second after rounding too far on a single.

"We knew (the catcher) could really throw, and we knew that he liked to throw behind baserunners on failed sac-bunt attempts, " Olsen said. "It still bit us."

Instead of a big rally, Seminole trailed 2-1 after five innings and mustered only one run the rest of the way. The Warhawks couldn't take advantage of 17 baserunners.

Chris Clinton and Michael Martello each had two hits for Seminole. Regidor also had a great night at the plate with a 3-for-3 effort, an RBI and the game-winning run.