Bryce Morris made the improbable walk from right field to the mound in the seventh inning with his heart racing. Morris finished the inning at the bottom of a Boone Grove dog pile, the unlikely hero in the Wolves’ nerve-racking 5-4 victory over Southridge for the Class 2A state championship on Saturday at Victory Field.
It was the first team state title in any sport for the Wolves (22-5).
With a 5-0 lead going into the seventh inning, Morris expected that Ty Bothwell, who was 9-2 with an 0.46 ERA coming in, would wrap it up.
It’s baseball, though, and stuff happens.
The Raiders (25-7) scored four runs with two outs.
Boone Grove coach Pat Antone pulled Bothwell after a two-run single by Chase Taylor made it 5-4.
Morris had one thought after he walked Jayce Harter to load the bases: Throw fastballs for strikes.
He ended the game by getting Joe LaGrange to pop out. Morris also finished the Wolves’ regional final win over South Adams, earning the 1-0, 10-inning win after Bothwell reached the pitch-count limit…