ALLENDALE -- Hilton Head Christian took advantage of two seventh-inning errors to erase a four-run deficit and rallied in extra innings to beat Northwood Academy for the SCISA Class AAA state title, 10-9, at USC Salkahatchie's field.
The Eagles (22-10) scored three runs in the eighth and held off a charge by Northwood to win the game and capture their first AAA baseball title in school history. Northwood ends its season at 20-10, losing in the finals for the third consecutive year.
"I hate it in the worst way for our kids because they made it to a point that few thought they could reach this year, and then to lose a game that we basically had won is a real disappointment," said Chargers head coach Jerry Stoots. "We had some defensive plays in the seventh that really opened the door for them, and their guys started hitting."
The Eagles' James Berl reached on an error to start the crucial seventh inning and Zac Lenns doubled, putting runners on second and third. Weston Butler lifted a fly ball to left that was dropped, allowing a run to score.
Devin McGuinness singled, scoring Lenns and Luke Sirgo singled to score Butler. McGuinness went to third on the hit, putting runners on the corners with no outs.
Wesley Cooler grounded to third and McGuinness scored as the Chargers attempted a double play in the middle, tying the game at 7.
In the eighth, Butler had an RBI single with one out, and Sirgo scored two runs with a soft single to center and a throwing error.
Northwood scored twice in the bottom of the eighth and had the tying run at second when the game ended on a groundout to second.
"These kids just never quit, they never say die and it's due to our senior leadership," said Eagles coach Trevor Creeden. "It was the seniors there in the seventh that pulled us through and kept it alive by getting that rally started."
Northwood starter Will Walls retired the first six hitters he faced before running into trouble in the top of the third, when he gave up three runs.
Northwood answered by batting around and scoring six runs in the bottom of the third inning. Ty Powell reached on an error and Chris Cook singled. Seth Graham followed with an RBI single, scoring Powell.
After a fielder's choice, a wild pitch scored Cook, cutting the lead to 3-2. Nick Burn singled and stole second, putting runners on second and third. Tyler Gross reached on an error, scoring a run to tie the game. Ryan Shipley delivered a two-run single, and Darryl Klinar made it 6-3 with an RBI hit.
Northwood added a run in the bottom of the fourth.
Walls cruised through the next three innings, allowing one hit and taking the mound in the seventh with a four-run lead.