The Glenbrook Apaches were denied back-to-back State Championships in baseball by the Tri-County Rebels on Saturday.
The Apaches, who entered the day down one game to none, won Game 2 to force an all or nothing Game 3. In a back and forth game, the Rebels came out on top 9-7 and took home the MAIS Class A Championship with the Apaches settling for runners-up.
"I'm really proud of the guys," Apache coach Jonathan Hardy said. "We never gave up, it was an all-out effort like it has been all season. There had to be a loser in this series, and unfortunately it was us. Either team could have been state champions, but we came up just a little short. I feel great about our future and we have no regrets for our season."
In the first game on Saturday, Game 2 of the series, Glenbrook's Logan Clark turned in an outstanding effort on the mound, in the batter's box and on base paths. On the mound, he started the game and went all seven innings to get the win. He allowed just two hits and one earned run while striking out five. In fact, after giving up the Rebel run in the top of the second inning, he retired the next 16 Rebel batters in a row.
"Logan pitched one of the best games against a quality opponent that I've ever seen," Hardy said. "He came in when we had our backs against the wall and pitched a masterpiece."
And on offense, Clark scored both Glenbrook runs. In the bottom of the first, he walked and then after being sacrificed to second on a Jacob White bunt, he would score on a double by his big brother Conner Clark. In the bottom of the sixth, Logan Clark would single and score on a double to left by Conner Copeland, which turned out to be the game winner.
The Apaches only had three hits in the game, the RBI-doubles by Conner Clark and Copeland and a single by Clay Simonton.
Game 3 didn't start off as well for the Apaches, as the Rebels struck for four first-inning runs. But in the bottom of the inning, the Apaches scored twice to cut the lead in half. Jacob White started the rally with a one-out single, and Conner Clark followed with a single to right. One out later, Dakota Shinall doubled in both runners.
The Apaches tied the game at 4-4 in the third on an RBI-single by Copeland and a RBI sac fly by Shinall. Tri-County scored four runs in the top of the fourth to go up, 8-4, but the ever-resilient Apaches fought back with three of their own in the bottom of the inning. Jacob White scored a run with a bases-loaded sac fly, Conner Clark drove in a run with a single and Logan Clark also scored.
The game stayed 8-7 until the top of the seventh when the Rebels scratched out another run to up their lead to 9-7. In the bottom of the inning, the Apaches were retired in order, and Tri-County took the win.
Senior Conner Clark saved one of his best offensive game of the year for his last, as he led the Apaches with a three-four day with two RBIs.
Logan Clark had two hits and Jacob White went two-for-three.
Copeland had a RBI-single, Shinall had a double and two RBIs and Bailey Petit, Clay Simonton and Spencer White all added singles.
Glenbrook finished the year with a 26-6 record.