ROUND ROCK, Texas — "Find a way," is what Wall Manager Jason Schniers keeps telling the media and himself about his confidence of his ball club this year.
That "way" was found by senior Gage Weishuhn who hit the game-winning single in extra innings to push the Wall Hawks into the 3A state final. Weishuhn's only hit in the game came at the best time it could as the Hawks won their 38th game of the year and push ahead to their second state baseball final in three years.
The Kirbyville Wildcats would not go away lightly. There was five lead changes and it took extra innings to decide one of the most exciting games here at Dell Diamond all week.
Wall took an early lead in the bottom of the second inning with Colton Diebitsch knocking in Charlie Mascorro and then Kye Herbert hit into shallow right field for Sutton Hurst to come in and take the 2-0 lead.
The Wildcats started swinging their bats in the top of the fourth inning. Logan Webb would get his only hit of the day to bring in Dylin Bishop to help the Wildcats tie the game at two a piece.
Bottom of the fourth inning, Herbert would hit a sacrifice fly ball to right where Diebitsch would tag up from third base to head home for the 3-2 lead.
The Wildcats would score in both the top of the fifth and sixth innings to take a 4-3 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Wildcats clinging on to that one point lead, the Hawks load the bases putting on pressure to pitcher Tyler Brown. Brown would walk Jake Jansa to bring home the tying run, Ryan Gully.
Going into the extra innings, Wall had the momentum. Bottom of the ninth is where Weishuhn would shine and the rest is history.
"Ryan Gully stepped up big time for us on the mound today," explained Schneirs about his pitcher who came in as relief in the 6th inning and went the rest of the way striking out 10 of the 15 batters he faced.
The Hawks will play for all the marbles Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at Dell Diamond in Round Rock.