SETH — The Man High School baseball team built an early 5-0 lead before holding off a late Sherman rally to defeat the Tide 5-2 in the Class A Region III semifinals at Sherman High School Tuesday.
Austin Gent went 2-for-3 with one RBI and Tyler Blair was 2-for-3 as Man advanced to the Class A Region III championship Thursday evening when they were slated to host Class A No. 6 Greater Beckley Christian (23-5).
Cameron Simpson was 1-for-4 with a double and Seth Chapman 1-for-3 with a run scored. Dylan Goodman and John McCoy each had an RBI for the Hillbillies.
Jake Adkins tossed three innings of hitless baseball to pick up the win on the mound. Adkins struck out four and walked one before giving way to Goodman in the fourth inning.
Goodman tossed 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits while walking two and striking out one. John Thomas Keffer relived Goodman in the fourth and tossed 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Keffer allowed two hits, walking one and striking out three before giving way to Simpson who nailed the door shut on the Tide in the seventh. Simpson struck out two and gave up one hit in 2/3 innings to earn the save.
Man jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings. The Hillbillies plated four runs in the second and added one more in the third. Gent started the scoring by singling to left field to plate Chapman with the first run of the inning. Goodman followed with a grounder that was misplayed by the shortstop allowing Brandon Cook and Nick Collins to score to make it 3-0. McCoy closed out the scoring with a groundout to plate Gent giving Man a 4-0 lead after two innings.
Man added a run in the top of the third as Blair’s single to left was misplayed by the left fielder allowing Chris Rosser to score extending Man’s lead to 5-0.
Sherman answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth as back to back RBI singles from Cordell Parson and Hunter Breeden. The Tide would load the bases in the bottom of the seventh but Simpson would strike out Bailey Kirk looking to end the game.
Jake Keyes suffered the loss for the Tide. He tossed six innings allowing five runs on five hits while striking out eight, walking four and hitting three. Jacob Barnett tossed one scoreless inning of relief allowing one hit. Breeden and Parson each had RBI singles for the Tide while Barnett, Layne Daniel, J.T. Hensley and Kirk each had a single.
The Tide end the season with a 13-18 record while Man improved to 11-17 and were looking to advance to the state tournament for the third consecutive season with a victory Thursday.