CANEY — With the tying run on third, Humboldt’s Jake Haviland stepped into the batter’s box with a full count and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. A called strike three brought Humboldt’s baseball season to a shocking end against Leon-Bluestem with a 5-4 loss in the semifinals of the Class 3A Regional Tournament Wednesday afternoon.
In the first inning, the Lions got off to a 1-0 lead on an RBI-single sharply hit through the third baseman’s legs. The Cubs struck back in the bottom of the frame when Kason Siemens scored on a wild pitch.
The second inning is when the Lions roared, scoring three runs on singles that managed to find the holes in the Humboldt defense. Nothing was hit hard off pitcher Austin Beeman, but the lead now stood at 4-1. Grayson Pearish was brought in to pitch the next inning to finish the game. He did his job as he held the Lions at bay for the next two innings.