Sometimes, the made-for-Hollywood scripts just don’t happen.
One great storyline this baseball season would be for Mayflower’s baseball team to reach the state championship game. It would have been a feel-good story for a community that has been literally awash in muck and oil.
A Phoenix story would have upstaged for a shining the Pegasus story.
Things seemed to be coming together nicely when the Eagles reached the 3A semifinal against Fordyce.
Then, the roller coaster.
Things looked good for Mayflower when it broke through in a tight pitchers’ duel to take a 1-0 lead over the Redbugs at Bison Stadium in Seacy.
Things appered bleak when Foydyce rallied for four runs in the fifth to take a 4-1 lead.
The momentum shifted when Mayflower, opportunistic all season, scored three runs on just one hit, sandwiched with five walks, to tie the game at 4.
The game went into extra innings, where each team had chances to win but refused to lose.
Things were headed for one decisive miscue, one big hit. Fordyce got the winning run in the bottom of the seventh on one of the hardest connections of the day by Cole Johnson in the bottom of the 11th.
Both teams were good. Each were worthy of playing for a state title. Somebody had to win. They could have played all afternoon.
It was a dandy of a high school baseball game. Championship worthy. I’ve seen many a title game that wasn’t as good.
Single-elimination state tournaments are a tightrope without a net.
One misstep, one dream is shattered and another fulfilled.
The best potential stories can vanish in an instant.
(Sports columnist David McCollum can be reached at 505-1235 or firstname.lastname@example.org)