Booneville hadn’t lost back-to-back games all season so coming off a district tournament championship game defeat, and leading 1-0 after an inning, things looked good for a state tournament appearance.
Unfortunately, Lincoln used a seven run sixth inning to end the Bearcat (13-5) season, with an 11-3 win in the opening round of the Class 4A North Regional in Farmington last Monday.
Cody Harrel opened the game with a single then promptly swiped second. A ground out by Jacob Krepps got the shortstop to third and a fly ball by Brandon Wolski gave the Bearcats the lead.
Lincoln tied the game in the third when Cord McCaslin reached on an error, moved up on a passed ball and scored on a single by Drew Harris.
The Wolves stretched the lead to 4-1 against Wolski (7-1) in the fifth. A pair of walks hurt but the big blow came from cleanup hitter Dakota Riggin with a two-run single.
Michael Drawbaugh (2-for-3) singled with one out in the Bearcat fifth. After an error allowed Trevor Jones to reach, a sacrifice by Matt Berry and a walk by Harrel, Jacob Krepps was hit by a pitch for a force in a run to make it 4-2.
However, the Bearcats left the sacks full for the second time and then the wheels came off in the sixth.
Four walks started the inning to make it 5-2. After two were down McCaslin singled home one, Drew Harris singled home two and Payton Hulse singled home still another and when the inning ended it was 11-2.
The Bearcats scored the final run of the day when James Ray drew a two out walk in the seventh and moved to second on a wild pitch then came in on a single by Jesse Frost, the lone senior on the Bearcat roster.