Adrian Reigns as MIAA Baseball Tournament Champions

Adrian Reigns as MIAA Baseball Tournament Champions

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Game #6: Adrian 2, Hope 0 (Championship game)

This time there was no comeback needed. Adrian Baseball scored the only runs of the day in the bottom of the very first inning and pitchers Pierce Banks and Dugan Darnell combined on a four-hit shutout to down visiting Hope, 2-0, to clinch the 2019 MIAA Baseball Tournament May 10 and an automatic berth in the upcoming NCAA Division III Baseball Championship.

Adrian got the only runs it needed in the first frame. Senior Zack Zschering singled to shortstop to lead off and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. After two outs, junior Brady Wood singled through the right side to plate Zschering. Wood stole second base before scoring on a RBI-single again to right field by Darnell.

Game #5: Hope 6, Alma 0

Hope eliminated Alma in the first game May 10, as Trace Slancik went 3-for-5 with five RBI for the Flying Dutchmen. Slancik's second-inning, bases-loaded double scored three to put the Flying Dutchmen in control, where pitcher Kameron Miller went the distance on the mound with a six-hit shutout. Miller added three strikeouts to help Hope advance.

Game 4: Alma 8, Albion 7

In an elimination game May 9, Alma's two run eighth but the Scots in frot for good after a see-saw contest with the Britons. Carter Sanderson went 3-for-5 with three RBI and one run scored for Alma, while Max Trucks went 2-for-3 with one RBI, two runs scored, and one walk; Trucks' sac flin in the top of the eighth tied the game at 7-7, while Pete Carravallah scored what proved to be the game's decisive run later in the inning.

Game 3: Adrian 5, Hope 3

Adrian advanced to the MIAA Tournament championship game with a 5-3 win over Hope May 9. After falling behind 2-0 on a two-run single by Hope's Mason Opple, Adrian responeded with a single run in the fifth and took the lead for good in the sixth on a two-run triple by Jason Croci. Croci then crossed the plate on a sac fly from Jake Lemelin, giving the Bulldogs a 4-2 lead; Hope got a run back in the bottom of the sixth, but Adrian added an insurance run in the top of the ninth. 

Mo Hanley scattered six hits over eight innings while striking out five to get the win; Dugan Darnell struck out two in the ninth to earn the save.