AURORA – One day after knocking off Batesville 1-0 in the sectional quarterfinal, the Lions returned to South Dearborn to face the host Knights in the semifinal.
The Knights ended the Lion season with a 17-7 win in six innings.
South Dearborn opened the scoring in the top half of the first inning. Tobie Teke and Ethan Getz both scored. Getz drove in Teke on a hit-and-run single to left and Grant McLane plated Getz with a single to center field.
Rushville answered in the bottom of the first. Mason Springman singled with two outs and stole second base. Aaron Duncan’s high hopper over the Knight third baseman allowed Springman to score the first run for the Lions.
The Knights added two runs in the top of the second. Marcus Raab doubled and scored on the triple by Teke. Getz then singled in Teke for the 4-1 South Dearborn lead.
A walk to Duncan Draper was all for the Lions in the second.
The Knights continued the 2-run per inning campaign alive with two more in the third. Both runs were unearned. McLane added a double in the frame. The Knights led 6-1.
In the home half of the third, Rushville scored three runs on four hits. Tyler Wilson and Springman both singled. Duncan doubled to plate both runners. Gage Rosenfeld’s double scored Duncan to cut the deficit to 6-4.
Jace Leonard reached on an error with two outs and courtesy runner Sloan eventually scored on a bases loaded walk to Adam Dixon.
The Lions cut the deficit to 7-6 in the bottom of the fourth. Draper drew a walk and Craig doubled. After a walk to Wilson, Springman singled in two runs for the Lions.
South Dearborn took control of the game in the top of the fifth. The Knights plated six runs on three hits, three walks and a hit batter.
Rosenfeld scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth. The Knights added four runs in the sixth and held the Lions scoreless in the bottom of the sixth to secure the win and advance to the championship game against Madison.
Contact: Aaron Kirchoff at 765-932-2222, ext. 114