By The Telegramsports@gctelegram.com
With the game on the line and Scott City junior Ron Baker already having hit one home run Friday, he walked to the plate with two outs in the top of seventh in the first-round game of the Class 4A state tournament at Dean Evans Stadium in Salina.
His first home run had given the Beavers their first lead of the game, and if he was to hit a second it would again. But, with two runners on, Baker's energized shot to left field was caught at the fence, and with it Scott City's season was brought to an end with a 2-1 loss to Spring Hill.
"I told them all that was probably the hardest fought game we'd played all year," Scott City coach Neil Baker said. "That was the best, most focused they've played. It was a really, really good game."
Coach Baker put Stevie Fyler on the mound and the senior hurler kept Spring Hill off balance. Giving up just three hits, Fyler didn't give up a hit until the fifth. The problem for Scott City, though, was Spring Hill pitcher Jordan Miller was keeping the Beavers off the scoreboard. It wasn't until the sixth, when Baker led off the inning with a home run, that the Beavers finally scored.
The Beavers wouldn't hold the lead for long as Spring Hill responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
"It was an intense game," Coach Baker said.
Scott City (13-11) put itself in position for a possible chance in the seventh, but the Broncos received the break they needed with Baker's flyout.
Along with the three hits he gave up, Fyler struck out two and didn't allow a walk. Miller countered the Beavers' starter with a four-hit, nine strikeout performance.
"He was pretty consistent all year," Coach Baker said of Fyler. "He pitched well.
"He's done a good job of locating his pitches, throwing good off-speed stuff."
Fyler and left fielder Chris Sourk are the lone seniors on the Beavers team.
Spring Hill 2, Scott City 1
Scott City 000 001 0 -- 1 4 3
Spring Hill 000 002 x -- 2 3 4
Fyler and Zilla; Miller and Smith. W — Smith. L — Fyler. HR — SC, Baker.