State Baseball: Jamestown loses to Liberty Christian in seventh-inning walkoff

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Kent Klyman pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing 10 hits and three earned runs. (file photo)
Kent Klyman pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing 10 hits and three earned runs. (file photo)

A Zack Hess RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning ended Jamestown’s baseball season in heartbreaking fashion Friday evening, as the Eagles fell 5-4 to Liberty Christian Academy in the Group 4A semifinals at Liberty University.

Jamestown opened the game with an RBI double by Michael Schmidt in the top of the first inning that scored Evan Lowery.

In what became a theme, LCA responded with a run of their own shortly after. In the bottom of the first inning, LCA’s Garret Price scored off a Peace Howard single to tie the game at 1-1.

Jamestown went up 2-1 in the top of the third inning as Noah Scruggs scored on a wild pitch. However, LCA responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the third inning and tied the game up at 2-2.

The Eagles earned some breathing room in the top of the fourth inning as Matt Lansford and Scruggs drove in back-to-back runs, putting Jamestown up 4-2.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, LCA responded with two runs of its own. The first run was scored off a double by Wesley Clarke, while the second was scored off a Howard single.

With the game tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Hess stepped up to the plate and delivered a game-winning RBI single into right field that propelled LCA to victory and ended Jamestown’s season.

Jamestown finishes its season with a 22-3 record.