Salisbury fell to Ash Grove in the Class 2 state championship game Tuesday night.
Austin Ward with the call on Glory 97 and centralmoinfo.com. The Panthers allowed three unearned runs in the second inning and committed four errors total. They got on the board for the first time in the top of the fourth.
One batter later, Dylan Moore drove in a run with a squeeze bunt to cut the deficit to 5-3. Ryan Binder relieved starter Ethan Hamilton with two outs in the bottom of the fourth after Hamilton hit a batter and walked two straight with two outs. Ash Grove’s Cooper Burks delivered the backbreaker.
Hamilton was charged with 10 runs, seven earned, over his 3 2/3 innings. Coach Nate King praised Ash Grove.
Pitchers Hamilton, Binder and Eli Wekenborg are amongst the seven senior starters graduating.
The title game appearance caps a school year that saw Salisbury athletics grab a state championship in boys basketball and boys golf as well as a fourth place finish for King’s softball team.
The Panthers finish the year 24-2. Ash Grove at 25-0 becomes the first undefeated baseball state champion in Missouri since Santa Fe in 2008.
Coach Nate King: