After having to wait an extra day to begin their district tournament, the Lone Grove Longhorns will now have to wait an extra amount of time to possibly keep their season going.
Lone Grove nearly finished off a sweep of Antlers on Thursday in their Class 3A district tournament, but settled for a split in the best-of-three series.
The deciding game will take place Friday at Lone Grove.
Lone Grove 9 Antlers 3
Lone Grove wasted little time in sending a clear message in the opening game, leading to a comfortable victory.
The Longhorns scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning, before adding three more in the second.
A two-run fourth inning nearly put the Longhorns on the verge of a run-rule victory, until Antlers scored three runs in the top of the fifth.
However, the lead would never get any smaller, as the Longhorns held on for the win.
Clay Geurin, Nate Sudderth, and Kolton Ellis each finished the game with two RBI’s apiece, while Jackson Benson scored three runs in the game to lead the Longhorns.
Sudderth got the win on the mound, throwing a complete game. He allowed three runs (0 earned) on four hits with four walks and 10 strikeouts.
Lone Grove 8
Despite having a lead late in the game, Lone Grove wasn’t able to finish off the sweep in game two.
Antlers kept its season alive with a five-run sixth inning, leading to a three-run defeat for Lone Grove.
After the first inning, it was all square at 1-1, before Lone Grove took the lead with five runs in the top of the third, before Antlers scored two in the bottom half of the third.
The Longhorns added to their lead with one run in the fourth, before Antlers scored three in the fourth.
Lone Grove scored its last run of the game in the top of the fifth.
Clay Geurin, Nate Sudderth, Kolton Ellis, Conner King, and Blayde Wilkerson each had one RBI in the game, with Casen Presgrove scoring three runs in the game to lead the Longhorns.
Gavin Peery took the loss on the mound for Lone Grove, throwing 1/3 of an inning. He allowed five earned runs on seven hits.