FAUCETT, Mo. — In a night of upsets during the Class 2 District 16 semifinal round at Mid-Buchanan High School, it was the Bishop LeBlond Eagles who stood tall.
The No. 3-seeded Eagles defeated the No. 2-seeded St. Joseph Christian Lions 3-0 in a pitcher’s duel. Senior Lion pitcher Levi Glidewell may have struck out 11 batters on the night, but he wasn’t in time for a crucial play at the plate.
In a key moment during the top of the third inning, LeBlond freshman Chris Guldan made a mad dash for home after a passed ball. Junior Lion catcher Brent Boyd made a diving throw back to Glidewell, but it was too late. Once Guldan made it within 90 feet from scoring, LeBlond coach Myles McLaughlin knew what needed to be done.
“It’s a close game,” McLaughlin said. “(Guldan) got to third, and I looked at him and said, ‘If it’s a passed ball, go.’ My hats off to Christian. They got a hell of a pitcher on the mound, and I knew runs were going to be hard to come by. That was just me thinking just trying to scratch one across.”
The Lions finish the season with a 13-5 record. In what turned out to be Glidewell’s last career game at Christian, Lion coach Andrew McDonald believes his senior pitcher applied the tag in time.
“I should probably keep my mouth shut on that one,” McDonald said. “I thought we got him. I thought Levi was there waiting with him with the tag, but it didn’t go our way. One run shouldn’t win a game. Even if it goes against like it did, that shouldn’t dictate how the rest of the game goes for us. You got to overcome it.”
LeBlond (6-12) tacked on a couple of more runs to its lead after senior Jaren Guck smashed a two-run home run over the left-field fence. Guck knew from the get-go that it was a no-doubter.
“I knew it was gone as soon as the second I hit it,” Guck said. “I just gave my team the energy to finish that game.”
McLaughlin and the Eagles will take on the No. 5-seeded Maysville Wolverines (8-9) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Mid-Buch. After three straight years of coming up short, McLaughlin thinks his team’s time has come.
“It’s going to take what we brought today — energy,” McLaughlin said. “All three phases of the game. We all gotta execute. If we do those things, we put another year on the banner. This team, especially these seniors, they’ve been in the district finals all four years now, and they haven’t come up with one yet. We’ll come out and do it Wednesday.”
Maysville 5, Mid-Buchanan 4
In a season of the firsts, the Maysville Wolverines have found their way in the Class 2 District 16 championship after their first ever trip to Mid-Buchanan High School.
The No. 1 seeded Dragons nearly clawed their way back to a win, but the No. 5 Wolverines held off Mid-Buch for the 5-4 victory. Maysville struck first in the first inning with a run and never looked back.
At one point in the fourth inning the Wolverines led 4-1. The Dragons tried to mount a comeback by cutting the lead to 4-3 at the end of the fifth inning. Both teams tacked on runs in the sixth, but the Dragons couldn’t muster up any offense in the seventh.
Dragon freshman Caiden Bailey was the only Mid-Buch play to find himself with more than one hit on the day as he went 2-4 with an RBI. The Dragons end their season with a record of 13-7.