Hickman baseball moves to tournament title game

Saturday, March 30, 2013 | 9:11 p.m. CDT; updated 10:49 p.m. CDT, Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Hickman baseball team reached the championship game of the Midwest Classic Tournament over the weekend in St. Charles with a string of four straight victories.

In pool play Friday, Hickman beat Fort Zumwalt East 3-1 and defeated Francis Howell Central 5-3 to reach Saturday's championship bracket. A 6-5 eight-inning win over Fort Zumwalt West and a 4-2 rain-shortened victory over Westminster advanced them into the tournament title game against Francis Howell.

The title game was postponed because of rain that arrived in the fifth inning of the semifinal against Westminster, and a new time has not been determined.

Colby Fitch hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull Hickman into a 5-5 tie against Fort Zumwalt West, then Aaron Tajnai's two-out single drove in Jake Cowan for the winning run in the eighth.

Jared Hyler collected three RBIs against Westminster including a two-out two-RBI single to put Hickman ahead in the top of the fifth. Gage Kiesling was the winning pitcher, striking out four and giving up seven hits for two runs in five innings.


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