The Chapin baseball season ended at home on Wednesday in the Class 3A District 4 tournament, but not without a fight.
Chapin fell 7-4 to Blue Ridge in nine innings, after rallying from a two-run deficit late in regulation.
“This just wasn’t our night,” coach Scott McLeod said. “I thought we had it, but they outplayed us.”
“We were down most of the game but these guys have done that all year, they don’t ever quit,” McLeod said. “We were down three runs, but even there at the end we mounted the charge.”
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The Eagles put up three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 4-3 lead. Sophomore Jordan O’Cain put up a two-run single to shallow left field for the lead.
In the seventh, Blue Ridge used two outs to get a runner to third, and Elijah Henderson’s groundball single past first got the tying run across.
“We had two more chances and they made good plays and threw us out at the plate. They just beat us. We played hard, they played hard and they just beat us,” McLeod said.
The Eagles (17-5) also got two runners on in the eighth, but when Chapin looked to score on a Thomas Harper groundball, the Tigers made the throw to home to put out the would-be winning run.
Then in the ninth, Blue Ridge got two runs across when the Eagles made two fielding errors on a groundball from Ty Montgomery.
“If you would have told me that we’d have been in this position back in January, I’d have said we’ll take it,” McLeod said of his young team. “This was good experience for us and I actually think we can be better next year than we were this year. Our seniors got us here, I hate it for our seniors, and you never want their season to end.”