Hartselle Tigers lose championship in extra innings following controversial call

Hartselle baseball in state championship game
Hartselle baseball in state championship game(Source: WAFF)
Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 4:47 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WAFF) - The Hartselle Tigers baseball team rushed the field following what the team believed to be a dramatic finish to an emotional season.

However, a controversial call sent the game into extra innings and led to a late Faith Academy surge. Hartselle would lose the final game 14-8 at Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium.

Faith Academy dominated Hartselle in a 10-1 win during the first game of the championship series on Tuesday. Hartselle responded Wednesday morning with an 8-3 win over the Rams.

The controversial call would come at the end of Game 3. Both teams were tied 7-7 at the midpoint of the 7th inning when a Hartselle sacriflice fly appeared to give the third-base runner the go-ahead to score and secure a 8-7 victory. However, the umpire ruled the runner left the base early.

Faith Academy would score 7 runs in the extra inning to win the 6A state title.

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