LAWTON — Buchanan knew it had to get ahead of Parchment early in Wednesday’s Division 3 regional semifinal at Lawton, after splitting a regular season doubleheader with the Panthers.
With several timely hits by Cam Lorance, Aiden Harrington, Sam Riley and Brad VanOverberghe, the Bucks managed to build an early lead and stay ahead for a 6-3 victory.
Buchanan (23-8) plays Bronson next in a regional final game at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Coloma.
The Bucks scored four runs in the third inning behind a pair of RBI singles from Lorance and Harrington. Austin Williams had another single for Buchanan, and Riley capped the scoring spree with a two-run single, giving Buchanan a 4-0 lead.
Parchment (21-11-2) bounced back with three runs in the fourth. Alex Buzior, Seth Somers and Jacob Bielski each hit an RBI single, cutting the deficit 4-3.
“It’s huge you get that four-run lead,” Buchanan coach Jim Brawley said. “They cut the lead but we were (still ahead) going into the fifth.”
VanOverberghe hit a lead-off triple to open the bottom of the fifth inning. Harrington brought him on a single, and Riley hit a double to bring in Harrington.
“(Brad) had the big triple to start the inning and then we were able to tack on the runs,” Brawley said. “The kids are hitting the ball really well right now.”
After weekend storms forced a number of districts games to be rescheduled to Monday, the Bucks were limited in their pitching options.
With No. 1 pitcher Jacob Hoover unavailable, Buchanan decided to stick with No. 2 VanOverberghe the whole game.
“Brad pitched well. He gave up a bunch of ground balls that made their way through the field (in the fourth inning),” Brawley said. “But he came back and made sure they wouldn’t score again.”
VanOverberghe finished the game with three strikeouts and three walks, giving up three runs on four hits.
Bronson rallied with four runs in the final two innings to defeat Watervliet 4-3 in the other regional semifinal. The Panthers (10-13-1) held a 3-0 lead into the sixth before the Vikings cut the deficit.
Garrett Matthews threw six innings for Watervliet, ending the game with four strikeouts.
Buchanan 6, Parchment 3
Parchment 000 300 0 — 3 4 2
Buchanan 004 020 x — 6 6 0
WP — Brad VanOverberghe, LP — Jacob Bielski
Top hitters — Buchanan: VanOverberghe 1b, 3b; Cam Lorance 1b, RBI; Aiden Harrington 2 1b, 2 RBI; Sam Riley 2b, 3 RBIs. Parchment: Alex Buzior 1b, RBI; Seth Somers 1b, RBI; Bielski 1b, RBI.
Records — Buchanan 23-8, Parchment 21-11-2.
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