The Willard Tigers knocked off the Staley Falcons 4-2 Sunday evening in the third place game of the Class 5 state baseball championships at T.R. Hughes Ballpark.
By MIKE KROMER
Special to The Star
Staley Head Coach David Brown said, given the school’s short history (5 years), he was proud of what his team accomplished, "For these guys, they wanted to be the first district champions, the first team to get into the playoffs, so I told them they can leave here with their heads hanging high."
It took until the 7th inning until Staley was able to get on the scoreboard. They loaded the bases with only one out. Catcher Cody Nutt popped out to first base, but Kole Hummel bounced one over the shortstop’s head driving in Zach Stonecipher for the first Staley run. Next, Levi McLaughlin sent a grounder up the middle. Michael Calvert scored from third, and when the ball was bobbled at second, Jacob Kohls, in as a courtesy runner, tried to score, but he was thrown out to end the game.
Even with the loss, Coach Brown said his team hit the ball well, "We lined out to right, we hit a couple of balls sharp to shortstop, but we had a few base running gaffes today."
Willard (23-8) got on the scoreboard in the home half of the 1st inning. They added two in the 4th and another single tally in the 5th inning.
Senior Austin White took the loss, pitching 4.2 innings, giving up 4 earned runs on 8 hits with three strikeouts and a walk. At the plate, Senior Jacobs Waters was 2 for 3.
Staley finished the season with a record of 20-9.