South Callaway 6, Montgomery County 5
MOKANE — The third-seeded South Callaway Bulldogs played their final twice Monday in the District 7 Class 3 Tournament semifinals, but rallied for two runs to eliminate the Montgomery County Wildcats, second-seeded, 6-5 against advancing to the championship against top-seeded father Tolton on Wednesday.
Montgomery County hit first with three runs late in the first inning after a two-run double RBI took the lead and a field-loaded pitch hit gave the Wildcats an early 3- 0.
The score remained 3-0 until the Bulldogs launched their offense in the fourth against Montgomery County pitcher Evan Abercrombie.
Two singles started the inning and a passed ball put the runners in scoring position on two ground balls that followed.
Montgomery County wasted no time recovering both runs in the bottom half on two hits and a walk.
South Callaway responded quickly with two extra runs in the top of the fifth on RBI singles from Jacob Martin and Owen Rees.
The score remained 5-4 until the start of the seventh inning when the Bulldogs used a two-out single, triple and double to take a 6-5 lead.
Martin came in to throw for the bottom half and gave Harrison Bishop a brace, but Bishop was kicked out at third base trying to stretch him for a triple to register the first out.
Martin bounced back to knock out the next two batters and secure the semifinal win.
South Callaway (14-14) was led on offense by Rees who went 3 for 4 with two RBIs while Martin added a pair of hits and an RBI.
Montgomery County’s season ends with a 10-8 record as Abercrombie pitched a full game while allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits with nine strikeouts and no walks allowed.