On Friday, the Tigers were tasked with taking out five-time defending state champion, Bridgeport, at Power Park in Charleston.
Shady Spring entered the day as underdogs, but cashed in on some early offensive opportunities. Grant Davis would drive in Noel Sizemore in the top of the first to open the scoring.
The Tribe’s Drew Harbert would respond in the bottom half of the frame with an RBI of his own, tying the game at one apiece.
The bats went silent for both teams until the fifth inning. Matthew St. Clair’s single into center field allowed Jordan Meadows to slide home and give Shady Spring a 2-1 advantage. However, Bridgeport flexed their muscles in the bottom of the inning. Quintin Reep emptied the bases as part of an eight-run inning for the Tribe.
Bridgeport would go on to win, 9-2. They will have a shot at a sixth-consecutive Class AA state tile this weekend.
“I’m proud of the kids for making it to this point,” said head coach David Shaw. “They got out there and played and did the best they could do. Apparently, it just wasn’t our day to come out on top.”
“We’ll be back,” he continued. “We’ll be back.”
Shady Spring ends it season as Region 3 champions with a record of 20-11.