This wasn’t the way Casey Adcox wanted things to end for his Sumner baseball team.
But the Spartans coach still couldn’t have been more proud of his squad.
For the second consecutive day, Sumner lost 11-0 in a game shortened due to the 10-run rule.
On Saturday, the loss came to Southridge of Kennewick in the third-place game at the WIAA state high school baseball championships at Gesa Stadium.
It gave the Spartans a fourth-place finish in the Class 3A tournament.
“I don’t know what to say about this game,” said Adcox, whose team lost 11-0 in the semifinals to Lakeside of Seattle on Friday. “We just had too many errors and walks. Those were some tough errors.”
Southridge (23-6) scored 11 runs on just five hits. The Suns were aided by five Spartans miscues, and Southridge hitters also drew five walks and two hit batters.
On the offensive side of things, the Spartans were held to just four hits by Southridge lefty Ryan Sanders.
And like Friday, Sumner batters had their opportunities to drive in runs against Southridge.Spartans batters were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position in the two games.
Southridge’s Ethan Sanders scored from second base on an error by Sumner shortstop Josiah Fidecaro in the third inning, giving the Suns a 1-0 lead.
Southridge then put the game away in the fourth by scoring four more runs on just two hits. A hit batter, a walk and an error provided help.
Sumner had entered the 3A semifinals as the hottest of the four teams, winning it five in a row and six of its last seven.
But nothing clicked in Pasco.
Adcox was able to reflect on a 20-8 season that saw the team grab the second most wins in school history.
“It was a good season,” Adcox said. “We had some questions at the beginning of the season too.”
After the game, Adcox and his staff spent time in the locker room saying goodbye to the team’s seniors, and letting them have some farewell words.
“I’ve never been more proud of this team,” senior Preston Fullington said. “I couldn’t be more happy with this season. I knew we’d be good. But I didn’t think we’d get this far.”
Senior third baseman Nathan Harrell, who had two of the Spartans’ hits Saturday, said he knew Sumner belonged at the final four.
“I knew we were going to make it as far as possible,” said Harrell. “We could hit. We had no holes in our defense and our pitching was strong.”
“It’s baseball,” he said as he shrugged his shoulders. “It just happens sometimes.”
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Ryan Sanders and Lane Hailey. Gabe Smith, Elijah Evers (4), Colton Borg (5), Kyle Van Hout (6). Highlights – Jake Harvey (So) 2B; Chad Crider (So) 2B; Nathan Harrell (Su) 2x3, 2B.