Updated: May 28
GREENWOOD - Mason Learman hit for the cycle on Friday night to help lead the Greenwood Indians baseball team to an opening-round playoff win, a 14-1 victory over the Loyal Greyhounds in a WIAA Division 4 regional quarterfinal.
Greenwood moves on to a regional semifinal at Edgar on Tuesday at 4:45 p.m.
Learman's big day began with a triple, the most difficult part of the cycle, in the first inning that scored Fletcher Bredlau. In the second inning it was a double that again plated Bredlau, making the score 4-0 in favor of Greenwood. A single in the third inning left only a home run to complete the monumental occasion. An inning later, in his fourth at bat, Learman tagged a 1-0 pitch over the right field wall. The three-run blast scored River Glynn and Bredlau, and was Learman's fourth hit in as many at-bats, completing the cycle.
Loyal loaded the bases in the top of the fifth inning and managed to scratch across one run on a Deagan Sandalier base hit. Greenwood pitcher Xander Hinker then induced a fly out and ground out to shelve the Greyhounds' 2022 season.
In the win, Hinker pitched all five innings for Greenwood striking out four and scattering seven hits. Hinker, Rogan Travis, and Gage Ludovic all had two RBI each to go along with six RBI from Learman.