Ryan Hedrick gave the Liberty baseball team the lead. He then made sure Brown County didn't take it away.
Hedrick's run-scoring triple with one out in the top of the eighth inning Tuesday put the Eagles ahead 6-5. In the bottom of the inning, Hedrick worked around a one-out single, retiring the final batter on a comebacker to preserve Liberty's victory in the regular season finale in Mount Sterling, Ill.
Gabe Blakely hit an RBI single in the first to give the Hornets a 1-0 lead. Hedrick's sacrifice groundout tied the game at 1 in the fifth, but Brown County had an RBI groundout from Lanny Sussenbach and RBI singles from Mason Henry and Bain Woodward to push its lead to 4-1. An RBI double by Logan Robbins followed by a two-run double by Kutter Thompson tied the game at 4-4 in the sixth. Chance Fuqua hit an RBI single in the sixth, but Robbins answered with a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 5.
Hedrick pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, holding the Hornets to two hits. Karson Kasparie and Thompson had three hits apiece for Liberty (12-11). Nathan Hendricker and Sussenbach each had a pair of hits for Brown County (13-12-1).
Quincy Notre Dame 2, Macomb 1: Griffin Kirn won a pitcher's duel at Phil Bradley Field in Macomb. The junior left-hander allowed one run and four hits while striking out eight.
Brexton Beard had a groundout that scored Tommy Ray to gave QND a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Macomb answered with its only run in the second off an RBI single by Jackson Mabrey. Nick Schwartz scored the Raiders' winning run on a passed ball in the fourth. Schwartz drew a walk to lead off the inning, stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball prior to scoring.
Macomb's Ben Higgins pitched a complete game, allowing two runs and four hits with a pair of strikeouts. Dylan Foley had three of the Raiders' four hits.
La Plata 9, Canton 3: Canton held a 3-0 lead, but gave up nine runs in the final three innings and lost in the Class 1 District 3 championship game in La Plata, Mo.
Canton took a 1-0 lead off Mason Wright's RBI double in the first and added a sacrifice bunt by Brody Smith and an RBI double by Mason Fryer in the third. La Plata tied the game in the fourth off three two-out singles and a walk, and tacked on a pair of runs in the fifth, and four runs in the sixth. All but one player in the lineup had a hit for Canton (13-5). The Tigers scored three runs off eight hits and left eight runners on.
Quincy Notre Dame 2, Macomb 1
QND 010 100 0--2 4 0
Macomb 010 000 0--1 4 1
Kirn and Schwartz; Higgins and Lone. WP--Kirn. LP--Higgins.
Liberty 6, Brown County 5
Liberty 000 013 11--6 10 2
Brown County 100 031 00--5 11 2
Spilker, Robbins (1), Thompson (3), Hanlin (4), Doane (5), Hedrick (7) and Owens; Henry, Fink (6), Buss (8) and Sussenbach. WP--Hedrick. LP--Henry. 2B--Liberty 3 (Thompson 2, Robbins), Brown County 2 (Hendricker). 3B--Liberty 1 (Hedrick).
Class 1 District 13
La Plata 9, Canton 3
Canton 102 000 0--3 8 3
La Plata 000 324 x--9 12 3
Lillard, Smith (6) and Wright; McHenry, Pipes (7) and Jackson. WP--McHenry. LP--Lillard. 2B--Canton 3 (Fryer, Wright, Birck), La PLata 4 (Jackson, McHenry, Noah, Pipes).