Mayflower rallies to secure state berth

HASKELL — Mayflower rallied from a 5-0 deficit Saturday to defeat Rose Bud, 6-5, in 10 innings in regional baseball play.
The victory assures  the Eagles (24-3) of a berth in the 3A state tournament at Harrison.
In the bottom of the 10th and the scored tied at 5, Justin Sewwell led off with a double and took third on a bunt single by Christian Moore.  Justin Case was walked to load the bases and bring Michael Post to the plate.  On a full count, Post lined a ball to deep center to score Sewell with the inning run.
Trailing 5-0, the scored in the bottom of the third on a single and stolen base by  Post and an RBI single from Jordan Burns. 
After a leadoff single in the fourth by the Ramblers, Eagle pitcher Drew Duncan was relieved by Jordan Burns and Duncan took over a shortstop.  The first pitch by Burns was lined hard above shortstop and Duncan made a leaping catch and doubled up the runner at first to clear the bases. 
The Eagles  stranded a runner in the bottom of the fourth and got out of a jam in the top of the fifth on a nice double play by second baseman Justin Sewell. 
Mayflower closed the gap in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Burns.
After two walks, Post singled in two runs in the sixth.  Burns singled in Post to tie the score.
Mayflower had a chance to close out the game in the seventh with back-to-back singles from Tyler Godwin and Justin Sewell but Godwin was thrown out at home trying to score the winning run.
The Ramblers loaded the bases in the top of the eighth with one out,  but a strikeout by Burns and a nice play on a slow roller by Duncan ended the threat.
"We overcame some adversity tonight, " said Mayflower coach Joe Allbritton. "We have had to come from behind a couple of times this year and those games help you in a game like this.
"We had a couple of kids step up big tonight.  I called on Christian Moore to come in and hit and he did his job.  I tell kids all the time, you never know when your time will come, always be ready.  These kids don't quit, they just keep hacking away and I couldn't be prouder of them."
Mayflower was led at the plate by Post and Burns with three hits and three RBI each.  Sewell and Duncan also had two hits each. 
Burns (9-0) earned the victory on the mound going seven innings while striking out 5 and allowing no runs on only three hits. 



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