St. Vincent couldn't overcome an early three-run deficit and fell 3-2 to Canton in a Class 2 semifinal Tuesday at CarShield Field in O'Fallon, Missouri.
In their first final four since 2001, the Indians (12-11) had chances late in the game, including loading the bases with two outs in the seventh inning, but couldn't complete the comeback. They will face the loser of the second semifinal between Mansfield and Lincoln in the third-place game at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Canton (20-4) scored all three runs in the first two innings, and Tigers starter Lance Logsdon took a no-hitter into the fourth. The Indians notched two hits that inning and scored two runs, but weren't unable to produce the tying run in the final three innings.
The game ended with a groundout to Logsdon, a Missouri commit, as he got out of the bases-loaded jam.
Bell City has done it. The Cubs won their third consecutive Class 1 baseball state championship with a 10-0 six-inning win over Wellsville on Tuesday at CarShield Field in O'Fallon, Missouri.
The game ended due to the mercy rule as Chase Dembowski drove in the final run with a grounder to second. Senior catcher Bobby Wright beat the throw home and sent Bell City streaming out onto the field.
Cubs' starting pitcher Cole Nichols tossed a one-hit shutout, and the bats were on fire early with Bell City scoring seven runs in the first two innings on seven hits. Wright had the big hit, a three-run homer in the second inning.
Nichols struck out seven while hitting one batter and walking one, along with the one hit, in six innings. Wellsville finishes the season with a record of 11-12.
Bell City is the seventh school to win three straight championships, according to the Missouri State High School Activities Association record book, and the second to do it in Class 1 since MSHSAA split into at least two separate classifications in before the 1973 season. New Bloomfield won three straight state titles in what was then called 1A from 1991-1993.
It was a fitting end for five seniors starters, including Nichols and Wright.
It didn't take long for Bell City to take the lead in the Class 1 state championship game.
After Cubs' starting pitcher Cole Nichols worked around a leadoff walk in the top of the first, Bell City scored four runs in the bottom of the frame. The Cubs strung together four hits, including an RBI triple by right fielder Logan Yates to push those four runs across.
After one inning, the Cubs lead Wellsville 4-0. Bell City is looking for a third consecutive Class 1 state title.
Bell City baseball goes for the three-peat today, and St. Vincent looks to continue their fairytale postseason ride at the state championships in O'Fallon, Missouri.
First up is Bell City (20-6), as the Cubs look for a third consecutive Class 1 state title. Monday, the Cubs beat Hurley 3-1 as starting pitcher Austin Hicks notched 10 strikeouts. The championship game between Bell City and Wellsville (11-11) will start a little after 1:30 p.m. Wellsville beat La Plata 9-5 in the second semifinal yesterday.
St. Vincent (12-10) is scheduled to face Canton (19-4) in a Class 2 semifinal that will begin 30 minutes after the Class 1 title game ends.
Here is our state preview on the Indians.
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