HEBRON — At times this season, the Hebron American Legion baseball team has struggled to finish games.
That's what happened Monday night against Shelton-Gibbon in the Class C state tournament. Both teams were tied at 5-all after five innings but Hebron squandered 10 runs in the sixth to lose by the mercy rule.
On Tuesday night in the semifinals, Hebron once again found itself locked in a 5-all battle late in an elimination game against Pender. This time, when it mattered most, the team didn't let the game slip away.
Ben Hintz came in to score off a walk-off ground ball by Adam Meyer in the bottom of the eight inning to give Hebron a 6-5 victory at the Hebron Sports Complex.
"The kids have worked hard all four years. We were fully capable of winning our area tournament but we had two one-run losses where we didn't finish," said Hebron head coach Mark Hintz. "Tonight, we finished it."