The only realistic expectation in Region 5-3A baseball this season is the unexpected.
Take the case of the A.C. Flora Falcons and the Midland Valley Mustangs. Midland Valley dropped back to two losses in region play with a one-run loss to Airport on March 25. The next day, A.C. Flora assumed sole possession of first place with a one-run win over Chapin.
Last night, MV regained the high ground by defeating the Falcons 9-8 in an 11-inning marathon in Graniteville. Midland Valley stands at 7-2 in conference matters, while ACF is at 4-2 (6-3 overall). More importantly, the Mustangs success completed a sweep of the season series and the tie-breaking edge over the Falcons if needed for state playoff seeding.
Flora sent the game into extra inning on Jake Lewis’ two-out, two-run single in the top of the seventh inning that tied the score at 7-7. Both teams scored single runs in the 10th. Things went bad for the Falcons in the bottom of the 11th. Midland Valley loaded the bases with no outs on a single and two bunts that produced no outs. The winning run came in on a “walk-off” walk.
If the weather cooperates, Flora will try to rebound later this week in region outings against Lower Richland (Thursday on the road) and Friday at home against resurgent Airport.
The busy Falcons then host the five-day Forest Acres Classic next week.