In a game that took two days to complete, Springfield’s baseball team closed out Cuyahoga Heights to win the Division IV Regional Championship at Copley High School, 6-3.
The game resumed in the middle of the sixth inning with Springfield holding the 6-3 advantage. Cuyahoga Heights had a runner on second base. Springfield worked out of that jam and finished the game out with three outs in the bottom of the seventh.
It’s the Tigers third trip to the State Tournament in six years.
When the game started on Friday, the Tigers took control in the early going as Hunter Snyder ripped an RBI single to center field giving Springfield a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning.
Cuyahoga Heights tied the game with a bases-loaded infield single in the bottom of the inning.
The Tigers added two more runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings. Dom Gentsy scored on an RBI single by JoJo Caraballo then Brandon Chamberlain scored on a wild pitch by the Redskins in the 2nd.
Caraballo added another RBI single in the 3rd, then Eoghan Bees scored on a bases-loaded walk for a 5-1 Springfield lead.
The Redskins got two runs back in the 3rd on a balk by Springfield and then a throwing error.
Springfield added one more run on an error by Cuyahoga Heights before the game was delayed due to heavy rain, setting the stage for the quick finish on Saturday afternoon.
Springfield advances to face Defiance Tinora on Friday afternoon in Columbus. First pitch at Huntington Park is set for 1 p.m. The winner plays for a state title on Saturday against the winner of Newark Catholic and Convoy Crestview.