INGOMAR – Faced with elimination, the Ingomar Falcons held off a late-game rally from Myrtle to earn a 9-5 Game 2 victory and a chance to drive 10 miles back to Ingomar to play Game 3 of a best-of-3 series.
It wound up being home sweet home for the Falcons, as they advanced to the MHSAA Class 1A semifinal series with a 4-0 Game 3 victory over the Hawks.
Ingomar lost Game 1 in the best-of-three series, 6-2 on Friday.
“Today we played for Ingomar baseball,” said Ingomar coach Andy Wilbanks. “Everybody went out there, did their part and that’s when we are at our best.”
Senior pitcher Preston Broom struck out five batters while Josh Hodges provided the offense with a solo home run – his fourteenth of the season – in the fifth.
“Preston came to me today and said, ‘Give me the ball in the second game,’” Wilbanks said. “He went out there determined and nothing was going to stand in his way.”
In Game 3, Myrtle took advantage of a trio of errors to climb back in the game, 7-5 in the sixth, before a two-run shot by Tyler McCollum gave Hodges enough breathing room to seal the 9-5 victory. Hodges also homered in Game 2.
“I didn’t have a good outing in the first game, but once I got the ball … I just gave it my heart,” Broom said.
Ingomar (23-4) will take on another Union County foe in the red hot West Union Eagles in the semifinal series starting on Thursday. The MHSAA coin toss will determine the host site of the series.
Adam Gore/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal