Spring Hill downs BIC 6-1 in state quarterfinals

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Andrew McFarlin of BIC prepares to deliver a pitch to the plate during the Mustangs state tournament game this past Friday. (Town Crier photos/Anthony Cossey)

Spring Hill broke a 1-1 tie, scoring five times in the top of the eighth inning, and handed Buffalo Island Central a 6-1 eight inning loss in the quarterfinals of the 2A State Baseball Tournament Friday afternoon at Lepanto.

It was a day of missed opportunities for the Mustangs, who banged out 12 hits, but could manage just one run. The two teams battled to a scoreless tie through the first six innings, before the Bears scratched across a run on an RBI groundout by Blake Waller in the top of the seventh. BIC answered with a bases-loaded walk to Bryce Towery in the bottom of the inning, and had the bases loaded with no outs. But Waller relieved starter Josh Winfield and wiggled out of the jam to send the game to extra frames.

Spring Hill scored all five eighth inning runs with two outs, capped off by Winfield’s three-run homer. The Mustangs put the first two runners on in the bottom of the inning, but Wesley Featherston relieved Waller and recorded the final three outs to pick up the save for the Bears.

BIC's Cory Turner sides safely into second base as Will Phillips of Spring Hill waits on the ball during Class 2A State Tournament play this past Friday in Lepanto.

“You have to give Spring Hill all the credit in the world,” said BIC Coach Brandon Ballard. “We just couldn’t come up with the big hit when we needed it. Baseball is a fun game and it’s not always fair. It’s not always going to go your way. When we left the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, it really took the air out of us. We battled all day, and I’m proud of my guys for that.”

McFarlin suffered the loss for BIC, working 7 2/3 innings, allowing three runs, one earned. The junior righthander gave up six hits, struck out six and walked one batter. Kaleb Dublin pitched the final 1/3 inning, allowing three earned runs on three hits.

Towery had a pair of singles and an RBI while Dublin singled twice and scored BIC’s lone run. McFarlin had two base hits while Chayse Carmichael doubled. Canon Walling, Dax Hurst, Chanse Rose, Logan Harrison and Cory Turner all singled.

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