In the first game of a BCIAA baseball semi-finals double header, top seeded Wilson took on No.4 seed Reading. The two squads had split the regular season series 1-1, with the home team earning the victory each time. This time, in front of an electric crowd at First Energy Stadium, the two teams looked to earn a victory at a neutral site.
The Red Knights jumped out to an early lead as Maicol Parilla tripled home a run and was followed up by brother Zabdiel Parrilla, who singled him home. Midway through the first inning, the Red Knights held a 2-0 lead. The Bulldogs, however, would answer quickly. Senior Ian Shaffer plated a runner with an RBI single to cut the Reading lead in half, before Nick Royko singled Shaffer home, tying the game at 2-2 after 1.
Wilson pitcher Nick Royko worked a quick scoreless second inning, which seemed to energize his teammates. In the home half of the 2nd inning, the Bulldogs would take a 3-2 lead on an Alex Salesky solo home run to the pool deck in right field.
The score would remain 3-2 until the bottom of the 3rd inning, as Michael Fegley doubled home a run to give Wilson a 4-2 lead after 3 innings.
The 4th inning would be the turning point of the game. Reading put up a 5 spot in the top of the 4th to take a 7-4 lead. Their runs came as a result of extra base hits by Francisco Reyes and and Maicol Parrilla, as well as a 2 run single by Jon King.
After the five run 4th inning, Red Knights pitcher Zabdiel Parrilla seemed locked in, retiring 8 straight batters after a Tim Whitmoyer double.
The Red Knights would tack on an insurance run in the top of the 7th, giving them an 8-4 lead heading into the Bulldogs last at bat.
Parrilla would retire the side in the bottom of the 7th to give the Red Knights a berth in the BCIAA championship game on Wednesday evening.
The Red Knights will face Berks Catholic for the county championship on Wednesday. A victory would earn Reading their first title since 1993.
The Red Knights were led by catcher Maicol Parrilla, who finished with a double, a triple, and 3 RBIs.