Hallsville might have been the visiting team on paper, but if felt right at home in Taylor Stadium on Thursday night in the Class 2 state championship.
The Indians won 11-4 against the Springfield Catholic Fightin’ Irish after scoring five runs in the seventh inning.
Hallsville starter Corey Whitesides (6-0) got the win and helped the Indians’ offense, going 2-for-3 including a two-run standup double in the second inning.
“I just wanted to help to help myself,” Whitesides said. “It was a big help and calmed me down.”
Kevin Gerwel (5-1) struggled for the Figtin’ Irish (23-5). He gave up two hits and walked two for a run in the first inning. The Indians (23-2) led 3-0 in the third inning when Gerwel gave up his fifth hit to Jeremy Murphy then hit the next batter, Grant Phillippe and Fightin’ Irish coach Jamie Sheetz pulled him for Tyler Clark.
Clark, a freshman, came in with men on first and second. Murphy and Phillippe advanced on catcher Nick Meinhardt’s throwing error. A routine fly ball by Seth Wood should have kept Murphy at third, but Meinhardt could not handle center fielder Bryan Propst’s the throw home and Hallville led 4-0.
Both teams committed four errors.
“This is a tough field to play on for young kids,” Hallsville coach Barry Koeneke said.
Hallsville appeared to be in control until the fourth and fifth innings.
Clark struck out the last two batters of the fourth, and took down the side in the fifth. Clark finished with five strikeouts.
In the sixth, Whitesides began to get rattled. He gave up two base hits, threw a wild pitch, and walked a batter. Doyle Witt came up to bat, and Matt Frevert bobbled his routine ground ball and the Irish scored their second run.
Koeneke decided to pull Whitesides for Frevert who allowed two runs on three hits in 1 1/3 innings.
— Sonya Grogg
Class 2 third place
East Carter 1, Plattsburg 0
David Reynolds threw a four-hitter for the Redbirds.
East Carter’s Trevor Douglas doubled down the line in left field in the sixth inning to drive in Brandon Crook for the run.
East Carter finished 23-5, and Plattsburg ended 15-6.
— Jim Margalus
Class 1 championship
Archie 4, Oran 3
The drama came in the end.
Luke Young, Archie’s leadoff batter, scored the winning run on a wild pitch by the Eagles’ Matt Seyer’s in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Young, who went 2-for-4, hit a double deep into left-center field and advanced to third on Bryon Cecil’s sacrifice bunt.
“I didn’t expect a wild pitch,” Young said. “But, I was looking for anything because anything can happen.”
“Luke is a scratch player,” Archie coach Matt Trainer said. “He is only a sophomore but has stepped up all year.”
Trainer said he thought the Whirlwinds (18-4) had great chance at scoring in the final inning because the inning started with the top of his lineup. He said he is excited about winning the state title and appreciated his team’s effort.
“They worked hard, they are great kids,” Trainer said. “Give them credit.”
With the game tied at 1, Lee Baer’s two-run double in the fourth gave the Whirlwinds a 3-1 lead.
Oran rallied to tie the game at 3 in the fifth.
With one out, Trevor Irwin walked and Garrett Roslen hit a single. Irwin then scored on Joey Williams’ double off Archie starter Derek Maring, and Roslen scored on a wild pitch by reliever Bryon Cecil.
Cecil, who earned the win, struck out Paul Bucher and Chase Seyer grounded out to end the fifth.
Oran coach Mitch Wood said that Oran’s limited offensive production hurt the Eagles (23-4), who brought a .374 team batting average into the tournament.
“It was unfortunate to lose the game in that way,” Wood said. “But, it’s part of the game.
“I think it was a well-played game, but we didn’t hit the ball as good as we have.”
– Kosuke Kinashi
Class 1 third place
Bevier 4, Sparta 1
Bevier starter Travis Mason allowed three hits in seven innings and was 3-for-4 with two RBI’s.
The Wildcats scored a run in the first inning and three in the second.
Catcher John Janssen was 2-for-4 and right fielder Jake Teter was 2-for-3.
Catcher Jacob Finney had two of the Trojans’ three hits. Sparta finished 20-2.
— Jim Margalus