Sabine won game one on Thursday night. Game two went to Harmony, on Friday night.
You know what that means.
Coach Michael Mayfield’s Sabine Cardinals will face the Harmony Eagles for a third and deciding time today at Cumberland Academy in Tyler, a 3:30 p.m. start for game three of the University Interscholastic League’s Class 3A playoffs.
It’s a bi-district, or first round, series: the loser’s season is over. The winner advances to round two, or the area round, to play Atlanta in a series next week.
For now, though, it’s Harmony that’s the focus of the Cardinals.
Sabine went to Cumberland Friday night, with a chance to wrap up the series, but Harmony obviously had other ideas.
The Cardinals went into the bottom of the seventh with a 3-1 lead, needing to hang on. But Harmony rallied.
Tucker Tittle hit a 2-RBI single to tie the game, and then Evan Patterson ended it, a walk-off single that sored Will Young, and gave the Eagles a 4-3 win.
Tittle was also the winning pitcher of record for Harmony. He gave up three runs, all earned, and three walks and struk out five. Patterson, Cooper Wadding and Boston Seahorn each had two hits for Harmony.
For Sabine, Jace Burns pitched all seven innings, giving up four runs (three earned), walking one and notching a strikeout.
At the plate for the Cardinals, Kile Stripland had a triple, a single and 2 RBI. Burns had a triple and an RBI, and Alex Galyean had two singles.
As chronicled in Saturday’s print edition – which went to press before Friday night’s game, and Harmony’s win – Sabine had beaten Harmony, 11-7, in the first game of the series (all have been played at Cumberland).
In that game, the Cardinals built a lead early, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the second inning, going up 10-4. Harmony outscored Sabine the rest of the way, 3-1, but couldn’t catch the Cardinals.
Sabine got three hits and 2 RBI from Payton McBride. Matt Huey and Galyean also each had 2 RBI. Burns and Caden Richardson each had two hits, and Holton Pepper and Richardson each had an RBI.
Huey got the win on the mound – he pitched 3 1/3 innings and McBride pitched 3 2/3.