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South Central earned its first-ever National Trail Conference Tournament championship on Saturday, taking down rival St. Anthony, 3-2.
Senior Tyler Ross fired a complete game for the Cougars (12-4), striking out eight, and allowing both runs on eight hits and just one walk.
He finishes the fall at 6-2.
Senior Kyle Bray completed his monster tournament offensively, going 2-for-3, with an RBI. He was 7-for-10 in the three games, getting two doubles and having at least two hits in each of the games.
The circumstances leading up the title game were eerily similar to last season, which was South Central’s first year in the conference.
Last year, the Cougars were the outright regular-season champions, but were upset by St. Anthony in the tournament.
This year, the Cougars shared the regular-season title, but wouldn’t let history repeat itself in the title game, securing all three runs in the first inning, with Bray, Noah Powless and Brett Harmeier getting RBI hits in the frame.
The Bulldogs scored in the top of the first and sixth innings. With the win, South Central finishes the fall 2-1 against them.
Saturday, Oct. 12
South Central 3
St. Anthony 2
WP: Ross (6-2); 7 IP, 8 K
LP: Rentfrow; 1 IP, 2 K
Cougars: Bray, 2-for-3, RBI; Dylan Smith, 2-for-3, 2B; Powless, 1-for-3, RBI; Harmeier, 1-for-1, RBI.
Last Wednesday, South Central earned the right to play for the championship with a 9-3 win against Windsor/Stew-Stras in the semifinals.
Noah Powless set the tone in the first inning with a three-run home run, and Dylen Peters stifled the Blue Devil bats, firing a complete game three-hitter.
It was the second win against WSS for Peters this fall, as he helped South Central to an 11-0 victory on Aug. 29.
Wednesday, Oct. 9
South Central 9
WP: Peters (5-1); 7 IP, 6 K
LP: Mochenrose; 1 2/3 IP, 1 K
Cougars: Powless, 2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI; Dylan Smith, 2-for-3, 2B, RBI; Kyle Bray, 2-for-3; Dre Hill, 2-for-2.