HEBRON —Through the first five innings, it looked as if Hebron and Shelton-Gibbon’s quarterfinal battle at the Class C American Legion baseball tournament would go down to the wire.
Shelton-Gibbon had an early 3-0 lead, but Hebron, the host team, delighted its fans by coming back to tie the game at 5-all in the fifth frame.
But on an abnormally cool July night at the Hebron Sports Complex, Shelton-Gibbon’s offense heated up and scored 10 runs in the sixth inning to end the game via the mercy rule, 15-5, to advance to the semifinals.
There Shelton-Gibbon will face Sutton, which captured its second consecutive elimination game victory by beating Wymore 14-4, also via the mercy rule Monday. That game is scheduled for tonight at 8, while Hebron will play Pender at 5:30 in the other semifinal game.
The way the bracket is drawn would’ve had Sutton and Hebron facing off tonight, a rematch of Saturday’s 6-0 victory by Hebron. But American Legion rules discourage teams to play each other twice in state tournament play.