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Churubusco drops out of tournament

May 29, 2012

Post and Mail photo / Nicole Ott
South Adams cheers at home plate as the Eagles leave the dugout for the last time in 2012. The Starfires won 6-5 with a walk-off single.

FORT WAYNE — What goes around comes around.

Churubusco’s baseball team very aware of that saying after suffering a 6-5 loss in the sectional semi-final game against South Adams Monday.

Last Thursday against Eastside, the Eagles squeezed out a 4-3 win with a walk-off single to keep their tournament hopes alive.

The Starfires avenged Eastside Monday afternoon, winning with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to win 6-5 and end Churubusco’s season.

South Adams had the lead for the entire game until the top of the seventh, when ’Busco’s bats caught fire. The Eagles came into the last frame with a 4-2 deficit.

Churubusco opened the stanza with a run to cut the lead to one. Austin Goepfrich and Jacob Howe got hit by the pitcher to put two on base with Kody Poyser at bat.

In Thursday’s sectional opener, Poyser hit the walk-off single to win the game. With two outs and two strikes, one more pitch and the Eagles’ season could have been over.

Poyser knocked a ball to the mit of the second baseman, in what could’ve been an easy play. The second baseman dropped the ball and both Goepfrich and Howe scored to take a 6-5 lead.

Alan Meeks was walked to again load the bases, but no other runners scored and South Adams got its third out.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Eagles had two errors and the Starfires took advantage of it, getting two on base.

After an error at the plate, South Adams tied the score at six. The walk-off single came shortly after, and Churubusco lost 6-5.

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