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Cody Wickersham hit a home run Friday night to lead Orchard over O'Neill in the first-round of the peewee division of the Quad County Tournament.
No. 12 Orchard jumped out early over No. 5 O'Neill with strong pitching from starter Wyatt Shabram and solid bats from the team, including Wickersham who hit an RBI homer to put Orchard up 4-1 in the third inning.
But O'Neill came back strong and used back-to-back triples to pull within 5-3. O'Neill made it a one-run game in the bottom of the fifth. Sam Cheatum came in as relief due to Shabram's pitch count. Cheatum closed the game by connecting on a pop-up to the pitcher's mound.
With the win, Orchard advances to Sunday's 4 p.m. game against the winner of Tilden/Ewing, which will play at 10 a.m Saturday. O'Neill falls into the consolation bracket and will play Monday at 8 p.m.