Pregno aids Wildcats' drive for five

Pregno aids Wildcats' drive for five

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Gage Pregno will sit still, silent as a breeze, and listen.

His Edgewood teammates may reminisce about winning four straight AISA baseball championships, and Pregno, despite being a senior and one of the Wildcats’ ace pitchers, can only lap it up.

Pregno has nothing to add because, despite Edgewood’s run of titles, he’s going for his first.

“I ask a lot of questions and imagining what I’ll do when I get up there,” Pregno said after Edgewood’s 10-0, 10-0 sweep of Abbeville Christian in Wednesday’s Class A semifinals.

“I’ve heard there is a lot of excitement, a lot of nerves and a lot of pure happiness.”

The Wildcats (42-3) will try for an unprecedented fifth straight AISA title next week at Paterson Field. They’ll play either Lakeside or Patrician in a 3 p.m. doubleheader Tuesday. If necessary, there’s a 5 p.m. game Wednesday.

“Gage is going for five, just like we are,” senior Bailey Hansen said. “He fit right in with us, and he’s a major part of what we’re trying to do.

“He’s part of our tradition now.”

Pregno, who threw a 12-strikeout one-hitter in Wednesday’s finale, transferred from Macon-East last summer. The left-hander (10-2) has five complete games and an 0.83 ERA this season.

“I’m sure it’s exciting for him,” Edgewood coach Bobby Carr said. “He fit right in and has done everything we’ve asked him to do.

“Another great outing, for both of them.”

Hansen (9-0) threw a five-hitter in the opener with two walks and eight strikeouts. In the two games, Rod Boykin scored four times and had two RBIs, while Dylan Ingram knocked in five runs against ACA (15-8).

And the Wildcats, despite returning to the finals, didn’t celebrate Wednesday.

“When a lot of schools get in this situation, they dogpile on the mound, but we expect this at Edgewood,” Carr said. “I told them that’s why we put this jersey on, and we have one more task at hand.”

Pregno had nothing to add. He’s still waiting on his first dogpile.

“I wanted to be a part of something like this,” Pregno said. “That’s what I came here for.”

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