Down 5-2 to Maize in the regional semifinals Tuesday, Salina South was down to their final out. But with two on, Charlie Baird came through in a big way. Baird hit a two run double to extend their season, then two batters later Cason Long hit a double to bring in Baird and tie the game at five.
Those two at-bats turned out to be the difference between the Cougars seeing their season come to an end and them advancing to the state tournament Tuesday.
South scored two more runs in the 8th inning, defeating Maize 7-5 in extras, and kept that momentum going in a 15-2 thumping of 3 seed Goddard to move on to state.
In game two, South left no doubt from the first pitch forward, putting their first two batters on ahead of a Mason Lundgrin two-run triple to start off a 5 run first inning for the Cougars.
After Goddard got a pair back in the bottom of the first, South kept things moving, adding four more runs in the second to give them a 9-2 lead, never looking back in the 13 run win.
South advances to state despite entering regionals with an 8-10 record, one of four double-digit seeded teams to advance to the state tournament with upset wins Tuesday.