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

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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