IWA loses in Metro tourney

Published 10:45pm Friday, May 10, 2013

Alliance Christian got six runs in its final at-bat to defeat Isle of Wight Academy 9-7 in a Metro Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal Thursday at IWA.

Down to their final two outs, trailing 6-3 and with the Chargers’ usually dependable closer Logan Wright on the mound, Brandon Beasley reached on an infield error, Chad Olsson walked and Shane Woods singled to load the bases. Wright plunked James Stroud to walk in a run to make it 6-4 and the Falcons’ Andrew Parker tripled to drive in three runs, giving Alliance a 7-6 lead.

Forest Sterling singled out to Wright, scoring Parker to make it 8-6. Wilson Thomas was hit by Wright, stole second and eventually scored on a series of IWA defensive miscues to make it 9-6.

But the Chargers were not finished. Hunter Triplett singled to center in the bottom of the seventh, Rainer Marfio walked and Travis Jones doubled to drive in a run to cut the Alliance lead to 9-7. But Falcons closer Kyle Zimmerman came in and struck out Carson Robertson and Casey Williams and induced Reid Taylor to line out to center to end the game and earn the save.

Stroud earned the win; Wright (3-3), the loss. Parker finished the game 3-for-4. IWA was led by Wright’s 2- for-3 performance at the plate. Casey Williams was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer.

IWA dropped to 15-8 and awaits selections for the VISAA Division III State Tournament. The Chargers are ranked No. 1 in the division.

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