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Hawks headed to Super Sectional after extra-inning win over Byron 5-4 in sectional championship

Published: Saturday, May 25, 2013 1:52 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, May 26, 2013 3:20 p.m. CDT
Oregon seniors Ian Holley and Alex Cain reach for the sectional trophy after the Hawks came back to beat Byron 5-4 in 8 innings Saturday. Pictured at far right is assistant coach Brian Nordman. Photo by Earleen Hinton
The Hawks were flying high and congratulate Alex Cain who came home to score the second run of the game against Byron. The Hawks had a 2-0 lead against Byron. PHoto by Chris Johnson
Byron second baseman Tyler Nunez waits for Oregon's Ian Holley to arrive at second to apply a tag on a stolen base attempt. Photo by Chris Johnson
After a close stolen base attempt Byron's Jack Fleeger and Oregon's Tyler Blume look to the umpire to see if the runner was safe. PHoto by Chris Johnson
Oregon second baseman Tyler Blume prepares to put a tag on Byron's Tyler Nunez
Alex Cain had to use his height to stretch for numerous throws to first throughout the game. Here Cain secures the throw for an out before Adam Rber touched first. Photo by Chris Johnson
Tyler Blume slides into second Saturday morning. PHoto by Chris Johnson
Byron first basemen Daniel Lowe tosses the ball over Sawyer Reynolds' head after Byron caught him in a run-down between first and second. Photo by Chris Johnson
Sawyer Reynolds throws to first in the sectional final. Photo by Chris Johnson
Ian Holley races to first after bunting in the bottom of the 8th in Oregon's 5-4 win over Byron on Saturday. Photo by Earleen Hinton
The Hawk baseball team celebrates after scoring the winning run against Byron in sectional action Saturday. Photo by Earleen Hinton
Alex Cain, pictured in the center of the Hawks, celebrate after the winning run comes across the plate to win the Byron Sectional on May 25. Photo by Earleen Hinton

Oregon's Tyler Blume smashed a double in the bottom of the seventh inning with 2 outs and 2 strikes to make sure the Hawks' baseball season didn't end in regulation Saturday at the Byron Sectional.

In the next inning, his fellow Hawks made sure they'd be playing again when Matt Murray singled, Ian Holley bunted for a hit, and Mason Smith put the ball in play to score Murray for a 5-4, 8-inning win over Byron.

"It was amazing," said coach Adam Albrecht of the sectional win. "These guys never give up. They show heart, desire, effort...they're just not going to give up."

After leading 2-0 early, the Hawks found themselves trailing the Tigers 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh.

Oregon's first batter struck out and Smith grounded out.

The Hawks' next batter, Adam Bettner, was hit by a pitch bringing Joey Rowe to the plate.

Rowe cranked a double to the gap in left field and the Hawks had runners at second and third for Blume.

With 2 strikes, Blume drove the next pitch to left field to make it 4-4. Byron intentionally walked Alex Cain and Sawyer Reynolds popped up to end the inning.

"Tyler's hit was huge," said Albrecht.

Blume was 2-4 for Oregon followed by Cain who was 2-3. Reynolds, who came in to relieve Smith, was the winning pitcher.

The Hawks advance to the Rock Island Super Sectional where they face either Eureka or Kewanee (Wethersfield Coop) on Tuesday, May 28 at 6 p.m.

The Eureka/Kwanee game, originally scheduled for Saturday, was moved to Monday due to inclement weather.

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