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INDIANS HEADED TO DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
May 21, 2014Hallsville High School
5/20, CLASS 3, DISTRICT 8 at MONTGOMERY CO. H.S.
NORTH CALLAWAY.....8 (8 inn.)
Much more exciting than necessary.............all teams playing ugly on defense.............but Hallsville Indians baseball survived the semifinal round with an extra-inning win, 11-8, over the North Callaway Thunderbirds.
The Indians jumped way out in front in the 1st inning with five runs on two walks and three hits, including Tracy Fulton's two-rbi double over the third base bag. The outburst was aided by two T-bird infield errors. But North Cal came back in the bottom of the 3rd with three scores on four hits following an inning-opening walk. Now 5-3 on the scoreboard, Hallsville answered right back in the top half of the 4th with three tallies of its own. Cole burkett pounded a solo home run, his first on the season, and later with two outs, Nathan Goett and CJ Ashburn ripped back-to-back singles and scored on a high-fly double off the bat of Derrek Trickel.
The five-run cushion didn't last when the T-birds took advantage of Hallsville's shaky defense in the 5th. Three costly errors and three North Cal singles narrowed the deficit to 8-6. The Thunderbirds then tied the score at 8-all in the bottom of the 7th with two outs after a Hallsville infield indecision could have ended the game in regulation.
As deflating as that sounds, the Indians did not let it get them down! Sean Wooten lead off the extra frame with a skyscraping double to the base of the left field fence. With the go-ahead run on second, Burkett reached on a wild pitch strike three while Wooten advanced to third on the play. After Burkett stole second, the T-bird pitcher, Chance Kee, uncorked another wild pitch to batter Collin Drummond scoring Wooten and giving Hallsville the lead. Drummond then bounced a ball to first where the T-birds tried to cut down Burkett attempting to score. But Burkett's sliding contact with the North Cal catcher dislodged the ball from his glove and the Indians went up by two. Still none out, Hallsville was not done scoring. Goett drilled his fourth hit of the evening sending Drummond to third.....and North Cal's pitcher let fly still another wild pitch to score Drummond.
Derrek Trickel had started on the mound for Hallsville but was victimized by his defense. He was relieved after recording one out in the 7th but with two runners on base. CJ Ashburn came on in the save situation and struck out the first batter he faced, but that's when the poor defensive decisions allowed the tying runs to score. Ashburn gave up a leadoff single in the bottom of the 8th, but then slammed the door with two fly outs sandwiched around an infield ground out. Ashburn's 5-out appearance got him the win, his ninth against one loss, but he blew his second save opportunity in the process. Trickel gave up eight runs (five earned) on 10 hits, 2 bases on balls, while fanning six.
Goett was 4 for 5, Ashburn was 3 for 4, and Trickel knocked in three runs while Fulton plated two rbi.
Hallsville (12-8) will face the #1 seeded Centralia Panthers (15-6) in Thursday's district championship game at 5pm at the Montgomery Co. HS field. Centralia was a 9-8 winner in game #1 staging several comebacks after their opponent, the Hermann Bearcats, had led mid-game by a 6-1 score. Poor Bearcat defense and several timely home runs by the Panthers earned Centralia the trip to the Hallsville matchup for the District crown.