Phillips Tosses Gem in Heartbreaking Loss

Brayden Rinehart, Sport Reporter

CARTERVILLE – The Lions baseball team took a tough 1-0 loss yesterday in their Regional Semi-Final matchup against Zeigler-Royalton-Christopher on a 7th inning walk off.

To start off the game the Lions were neck and neck with Brady Phillips on the mound pitching in one of his best performances yet, posting 11 strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

There were a few instances during the game where Z-R-C threatened to score. For instance Phillips got himself in a jam with a runner on third with only one out, but he responded by striking out the next two, keeping the Lions in the game.

Come the bottom of the 7th inning Phillips walked the leadoff batter. That runner then stole second and advanced to third base on a bunt, getting Z-R-C in a position to win the game.

After putting away the next batter, Phillips was aiming to throw a fastball away to the following Z-R-C batter, Talon Mills, in a 1-1 count, but Mills saw the pitch the best he could and hit it right up the middle.

That hit advanced Z-R-C and eliminated the Lions, ending their season with a record of 18-12.

When asked about how he thought the game went, Phillips responded by saying “I feel like it went really well. My defense behind me was great, and it was toe-to-toe the whole game. Unfortunately we weren’t able to pull off a win.”