Tigers end season with semifinal loss to top-seeded Sullivan.
The fourth-seeded St. James High School baseball team saw its season come to an end on Monday, falling to top-seeded Sullivan 10-6 in semifinal action of the Missouri Class 4 District 9 Tournament.
In the other semifinal game Monday third-seeded Eldon knocked off second-seeded Salem 4-1.
Today in Sullivan the host Eagles (18-6) are to play Eldon (9-9) at 4 p.m. in the district tournament title game.
The St. James Tigers end with a 10-15 record.
The Sullivan Eagles scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning and led the rest of the way.
Each team tallied a run in the fourth inning.
After the Tigers plated two runs in the top of the fifth to cut their deficit to 5-3, the Eagles put things away with a five-run bottom half of the frame.
St. James got three runs in the sixth to close the gap but could get no closer.
Sullivan outhit St. James 13-9.
Jake Ford was 2-for-3 with a run and RBI for St. James while Justin Ray was 2-for-4 with an RBI; Drew Lahman and Troy Parker each had an RBI double, and Zack Russell, Nathan Strait and Zach Dean all had hits.
Dean was the starting and losing pitcher for St. James, working 4 1/3 innings and allowing nine runs on 12 hits and no walks. Brenn Bartz finished up on the mound.