By T. Scott Boatright
Photo Credit: Reggie McLeroy
The “C” on the cap of the Choudrant Aggies baseball team might not only represent the name of their hometown.
Right now it represents the way the Aggies play — as in “Clutch.”
Choudrant rallied in to tie in the seventh inning before winning in the eighth Wednesday as the Aggies advanced to the Class B state baseball championship game to be played against Converse at 2 p.m. Friday at McMurrary Park in Sulphur
Choudrant will be fighting for its sixth title overall under head coach/principal Tony Antley, who is retiring at the end of the school year.
The Aggies struck first with a run in the bottom of the first inning on a single by Gavin Murphy, but the Indians responded with three runs in the top of the second to move on top.
CHS senior Jackson Case made his only hit count in the third inning as his two-RBI double knotted the score up at 3-3 heading into the fourth.
Then came time for late theatrics.
11th-seeded Annacoco moved on top after plating a run in the top of the seventh before Choudrant reached into its trick bag in the form of Kaden Bradshaw doing his best Superman impression diving into home plate in the bottom of the stanza off a sacrifice fly to left smashed by Austin Swift.
Choudrant pitched Bryce McGuire hurled a three-up, three-down situation in the top of the eighth before the Aggies’ E. Calendar walked with one out before scoring on the game-winning run hit by McGuire, who earned the win after coming in for relief of Landon Hennen, who added a hit and a run, at the top of the fourth inning.
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