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Pierce City falls in district baseball championship

Thursday, May 17, 2012

After edging both Sarcoxie and Miller in one-run games to reach the district championship game, Pierce City saw their baseball season end with a 7-4 loss to Southwest in Tuesday's title contest at Ash Grove.

Seeded fifth in the tournament, the upstart Trojans upset Diamond, Purdy, and then Pierce City to claim the second district baseball title in school history.

The Eagles jumped to a promising start in Tuesday's title game. Bo Vincent overcame a rocky start to hold Southwest to just two runs in the top of the first inning, and then the Pierce City batters benefited from Tyler Ferguson's five first-inning walks to take a 3-2 lead.

Southwest's Ty Hackett ripped the second pitch of the game into left field for a single, and advanced to third base on a fielder's choice. After Vincent issued Tyler Ferguson an intentional pass, Travis Hayworth drove in the game's first run with a single. Ferguson scored on Jordan Savage's sac fly, and the Trojans led, 2-0.

Ferguson, Southwest's dependable ace, could not find the strike zone in the first inning. The Eagles scored three runs on five walks and a single by Kole Kelley, and could have had more. A great leaping stab by Timmy Johns at second base robbed Michael Vincent of a hit and saved two runs.

The Trojans tied the game at 3-3 in the third inning. Ferguson struck out but advanced all the way to second base on a passed ball. Travis Hayworth's groundball became an error in the infield, and Ferguson raced home with the tying run.

Southwest scored four runs in the top of the fourth frame to take control of the contest. Drake Douglas punched an RBI double to give the Trojans a 4-3 lead, Timmy Johns hit an RBI single with the bases loaded, and then Southwest scored on a fielder's choice and a sacrifice fly to create the 7-3 score.

Pierce City's Garron Cantwell tripled and scored on an error in the bottom of the seventh, but that was as close as the Eagles could get.

Southwest's Travis Hayworth pitched the final 4 2/3 innings for the win. Bo Vincent took the loss for Pierce City.

The Eagles finished their season as the runnerup in Class 2 District 12 with a record of 11-11.

Southwest claimed the district title with a record of 15-7, and will host Clever on Monday at Washburn at 5 p.m.

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