District Thriller: Springfield survives 7th-inning scare; Tigers top McDonald in semifinals


STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – Chris Thompson’s RBI on a squeeze play in the bottom of the seventh inning secured a dramatic 6-5 win for Springfield over McDonald in the Division IV District Semifinals at Cene Park.

Trailing 5-3 heading into the bottom of the frame, the Tigers tied the game at 5-5 on John Slike’s two-run triple. He later scored the game-winning run.

Slike finished the day 1-4 with two RBIs. Brannon Brungard went 1-3 with an RBI, while Jarrett Orbin went 2-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

McDonald trailed 3-0 heading into the top of the seventh inning but rallied to score five runs, highlighted by Zach Nolf’s bases-clearing double.

Springfield advances to face Warren JFK in the Division IV District Finals Thursday at 5 p.m. at Cene Park.

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