June 2, 2011
New Bloomfield senior pitcher Aaron Bedsworth congratulates junior third baseman Skyler Lucas after he scored on senior left fielder Daniel Berry’s two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning. Berry’s double put the Wildcats up 3-1 and New Bloomfield went on to edge Charleston 4-3 in the Class 2 semifinals Wednesday afternoon at Meador Park in Springfield.
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Brandon Talbot stood under a tree. Just north of Talbot on the baseball diamond at Meador Park, he saw his team: jubilant, relieved and victorious. The New Bloomfield Wildcats had just punched their ticket to the Class 2 state championship game.