Tigers lose sectional final in heartbreaking fashion


Waynesville clips WL-S in nine innings

FAIRBORN — West Liberty-Salem needed a break. It didn’t get it, and Waynesville did.



West Liberty-Salem’s Trevor Burden tags out a Waynesville player at first base on a pickoff play during Wednesday’s Division III sectional tournament game at Fairborn High School. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)



The Spartans benefited from a WL-Salem throwing error in the bottom of the ninth inning to pull out a 3-2 victory in a Division III sectional baseball final Wednesday at Fairborn High School.

“There is not a lot you can say about a loss like that,” said WL-Salem head coach Jon Payer about his postgame words to the team. “Our seniors never quit. It was a well-pitched game on both sides. In the end, they got the best of us. That’s baseball.”

The Tigers had several late scoring opportunities, but failed to get the clutch hits they needed. WL-Salem stranded five base runners in the eighth and ninth innings alone.

Waynesville, meanwhile, clawed out the winning run in the bottom of the ninth after putting runners on first and second with one out.

Following a groundout to begin the bottom of the ninth, the Spartans’ Alex Hurley singled up the middle and Brady Stone followed with a slow roller that went for an infield single.


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