Washington ran out of miracles Tuesday night at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field.
After upsetting Marquette Monday, the baseball Blue Jays fought back to tie Parkway South in the Class 5 District 3 semifinals with four runs in the top of the sixth.
But the second-seeded Patriots scored four times in the bottom of the sixth and got the final three outs to advance to Wednesday’s title contest, 8-4.
Parkway South played top-seeded Eureka for the title Wednesday.
Washington ended its season at 10-16 and posted its final win over third-seeded Marquette in Monday’s game.
“I was proud of the way the team battled back,” Washington Head Coach Scott Bray said. “However, we had many opportunities to score runs and did not get the job done. We had bases loaded and no one out and didn’t score, that killed us.”
Bray said the Blue Jays stranded seven runners in the game to two for Parkway South.
“They did the little things to win the game and we did not,” Bray said.
Parkway South scored one run in the second, one in the third and two in the fourth to take a 4-0 lead.
The Blue Jays had chances and tried a squeeze play early in the game but couldn’t get the bunt down. Washington finally broke through in the sixth with four runs. Ryan Becszlko drove home a pair to knot the game at 4-4.
However, Parkway South answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning to secure the win. The Patriots took advantage of five walks and two singles in that frame.
“I thought we got squeezed quite a bit in the sixth and they did not,” Bray said.
Seniors Seth Bollmann and Logan Holdmeyer each had two hits and a run for the Blue Jays.
Austin Finder, Mitch Barrow, Camron Shipley and Becszlko each singled. Finder, Shipley and Becszlko also are seniors. Barrow is a junior.
Shipley also walked and drove in a run. Becszlko drove in two.
Senior Todd Feldmann was hit by two pitches. Sophomore Adam Gauzy added a walk.
Sophomore Matt McGilvray scored and drove in a run. Justin Repp, a junior, also scored.
Shipley started for Washington and lasted five innings. He allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits and five walks. Shipley fanned two.
Finder relieved and got one out, allowing three runs on one hit and four walks.
Junior Will Davis pitched the final two-thirds of an inning, allowing one hit.
Dylan Jones earned the win for Parkway South, going 5.2 innings. He allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out seven. He also hit Feldmann twice.
Curtis Andrzejewski pitched the final 1.1 innings, striking out one.
Justin Eads, Nicholas Sprague, Jones, Jacob Launius, Connor Urbeck and Andrzejewski each had one hit for the Patriots.
Andrzejewski drove in four runs.
Parkway South drew nine walks to two for Washington.
Finishing their Washington careers with the loss were Becszlko, Bollmann, Feldmann, Finder, Holdmeyer, Jared Lamke, Matt Miller, Shipley and Nick Thiel.
“You’ve got to show up, play ball, and hustle,” Bray said.