The SCOL baseball title will rest in Clarksville for the 2014 season after the Clinton Massie Falcons outlasted Miami Trace Wednesday in a 4-3 thriller in 10 innings. The win gives Massie the undisputed leage title as they stand at (10-1).
The Panthers fall to (8-3) in the SCOL with one last game to play Thursday at Hillsboro for Trace, while Massie hosts Chillicothe.
Wednesday's title game started as a pitcher's dual between Massie's Hunter Fentress and Miami Trace's John Phillips. Both pitchers were putting "goose-eggs" on the scoreboard through the first three-and-a-half innings, when the Panthers broke the ice in the home fourth inning.
Miami Trace took a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Blade Moore, which led-up until the top of the sixth.
That's when Massie struck for three runs, thanks to three RBI singles, each frm Jared Halley, Jake McIntire and Scott McFarlane for a 3-1 Falcons lead.
The Panthers cut the deficit to 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth when John Phillips connected on an RBI single. But, Trace would strand runners at second and third base to end the inning.
Facing their final at-bat in the home 7th, Miami Trace rallied to tie the game at 3-3 on a Derrick Marcum RBI single off reliever Zack Santori.
Both teams would go scoreless in the 8th and 9th innings, but Clinton Massie scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning thanks to back-to-back singles, which put runners at the corners. Jake McIntire then followed with an RBI single to put the Falcons up 4-3.
Miami Trace was retired in order in the home 10th inning as Clinton Massie claimed the outright SCOL championship.
John Phillips suffered the loss for the Panthers, working all 10 innings, and Zack Santori got the win in relief for CM.