A district title slipped through the fingers of the Bellefontaine Easton Water Acme baseball team Tuesday at Blue Jacket Park.
Bellefontaine’s Daniel Boy reaches for second base as a Xenia player attempts to make the tag during their first game ofthe Acme district final Tuesday at Blue Jacket Park. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)
Xenia came roaring out of the loser’s bracket to take two games from Bellefontaine, including an 8-7 win in extra innings during the second game to earn a trip to the state Acme tournament.
Bellefontaine (14-4) had beaten Xenia 2-0 earlier in the district tournament on its way through the winner’s bracket. Xenia, however, used two strong performances Tuesday night to top Easton Water for the district crown and a berth in the state tourney in Archbold.
Xenia took control early in the first game and went on to win 8-4. That forced a second game, with the winner heading to the state tournament.
Bellefontaine started off hot this time, but saw Xenia claw its way back to win 8-7 in eight innings.
“It was a lack of execution on our part,” said Bellefontaine head coach Jeremy Clifton. “Xenia took advantage of their hitting and we didn’t make plays when we needed them. Give credit to Xenia, though. They played well and made those plays when they needed to.
“We’re a young team and have a lot of talented guys. There is a lot of potential here. We still had a real successful summer.”
In the first game, Bellefontaine took a 1-0 advantage in the first inning after Xenia loaded the bases and walked in Connor Burton for a score.
Xenia used a hitting barrage to climb ahead in the third inning. A two-run home run would send Xenia to a 2-1 lead and another run in the frame pushed the lead to 3-1.
A three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning helped Xenia extend its lead to a 6-1 score.
Bellefontaine’s Lane Kiser hit an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth to score Tyler Jones, leaving Easton Water trailing 6-2.
Xenia went on to tack on runs in the top of the sixth and seventh innings for an 8-2 advantage.
For the full story and game results, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Bellefontaine Examiner.
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