By Brian Besch
Shutting down a late threat Saturday, Livingston Lion baseball advanced to the area round, after sweeping Silsbee in two games, 7-4 and 3-2.
A grand slam from Blake Compton gave the Lions the lead for good in the contest Friday night.
Saturday morning was a closer, low-scoring result that was in doubt until the final out was recorded.
“They are a bunch of characters that just love to play for each other and we have to fight for ourselves,” Livingston coach Wade Halfmann said. “We have to find a way. You cannot win a game when you're not having fun, and we don't lack energy.”
Tyler Seek started on the mound for Livingston, throwing a complete game in a gutsy performance.
“You talk about somebody that wants to grind for his team,” Halfmann said. “He gets a nice base hit and gets stepped on and he gets injured.”
The coach offered to pinch-hit for his pitcher, but Seek was more than willing to bat. Seek would later take a line drive off the ankle that would hobble him a bit more, but again he batted and again produced a base hit.
A two-run homer in the fourth inning would be the only mistake that cost Seek runs. It tied the game at two each. It also didn’t seem to cut into Livingston momentum. The Lions played with a high energy all seven innings.
"They were happy for those 10 seconds and that trip around the bases, because they didn't actually believe, in my opinion (they would win)," Halfmann said.
Livingston had put up two runs in the inning before, starting with a single by Compton. Walker Findley sacrificed him to second and he would come home on an RBI-triple from Cooper Brown. On a Lane Huson sac fly, Brown would touch home plate.
Jacob Haynes and Huson both took a base on balls in the fifth, and Gage Morris delivered the winning run on a single.
The Tigers threatened in the final frame, with a one-out triple. However, Seek induced two ground balls to finish off the game and the series.