HASTINGS, Neb. — The historic baseball season for Fremont First State Bank came to an end Saturday at the American Legion Mid-South Regional.
Arkansas champion Bryant eliminated Fremont by posting a 5-4 victory at Duncan Field. Fremont, making its first regional appearance since 1946, finishes 35-11.
“We had a great run,” Fremont coach Jeff Hayden said. “I’m proud of what we were able to accomplish this season.”
First State Bank never led, as it trailed 5-3 entering the seventh inning. A run-scoring grounder by Dillon Dix trimmed the deficit to 5-4, but a groundout and a strikeout ended the game.
Austin Callahan belted a solo home run — the first of the tournament — but it wasn’t enough. The Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College recruit also scored three of Fremont’s four runs.
After Bryant grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Fremont tied it on an infield error. The Black Sox went back ahead 2-1 in the third, but Fremont again tied it on Callahan’s solo homer to right.
“I’ve been coming here a long time as a player and a coach,” Hayden said. “That’s the first home run I’ve ever seen here.”
Bryant scored single runs in the fourth and fifth to move ahead 4-2, but First State Bank got one back in the fifth when Eli Herink scored on a wild pitch.
The Black Sox scored their final run in the sixth to grab a 5-3 lead. A single by Brody Sintek and two walks loaded the bases for Fremont in the bottom of the inning, but it was unable to score.
“We did a good job of fighting back,” Hayden said. “But the timely hit eluded us, and we couldn’t be as aggressive on the bases as we had hoped.”
Hayden’s squad made it close with a run in the seventh but came up short.
“It’s hard to focus on anything negative,” the coach said. “Our guys gave it everything they had.”
Bryant, making its third straight regional appearance, advances to the final Sunday at 1 p.m.
Bryant (29-10)..................101 111 0—5 8 3
Fremont FSB (35-11)..........101 010 1—4 6 2
W: Hathcote. L: B. Callahan. S: Bates. HR: F, A. Callahan.
American Legion Mid-South Regional
At Hastings (Duncan Field)
Hastings Five Points Bank 5, Festus, Missouri 2
Bryant, Arkansas 5, Fremont First State Bank 4
Bryant, Arkansas vs. Hastings Five Points Bank, 1 p.m.
Bryant-Hastings winner vs. Festus, Missouri, 4 (championship)
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