One bad inning proved costly for Hutsonville-Palestine's baseball team Saturday night.
The Tigers made three errors that contributed four runs in the third inning, leading to a 6-1 loss to Edwards County in the championship game of the Class 1A Edwards County Regional in Albion.
The game - which was moved to 6:30 Saturday night due to Palestine High School's graduation being held Saturday afternoon - was scoreless until the bottom of the third, when Edwards County took advantage of Hutsonville-Palestine's miscues to score four unearned runs and take a lead they would not relinquish. The top-seeded Lions would tack on two more runs in the fifth for a 6-0 lead, while Hutsonville-Palestine plated their only run in the sixth. Dallas Cooke led off with a walk, then scored on Brandon Ramsey's sacrifice fly three batters later, allowing the Tigers to avoid the shutout.
Kyle Myers and B.J. Ramsey had two singles apiece to lead the Hutsonville-Palestine offense, while Cooke scored the lone run and Brandon Ramsey had a run batted in.
Cooke also suffered the loss on the mound, allowing four unearned runs on four hits and a walk in three innings. Brandon Cofer gave up two runs on two hits, while walking one and striking out one in one and two-thirds innings of relief and Tyler Heflin allowed a hit and struck out one in one and one-third scoreless innings.
Hutsonville-Palestine ended their season with a 9-7 record. Edwards County advances to the Class 1A Cumberland Sectional, where they will face Windsor in the semifinals Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The other semifinal has South Central against Louisville-North Clay at 4 p.m. Wednesday.