The third-seeded Marionville Comets claimed a 7-4 victory over Billings on Monday but fell the following day to second-seeded Crane to end the baseball season with a record of 12-11.
In a back-and-forth game against the Wildcats, the Comets rallied for the eventual winning run in the fourth inning before tacking on two more for good measure in the fifth.
The first round game of Class 2, District 11 play began with Billings taking the lead in the top of the first, after a leadoff walk came around to score on a Marionville error. Ty Davis then settled in on the mound to work out of the inning with minimal damage.
The Comets responded quickly in the bottom of the inning, as Earnie Larkin led off with a single and came around to score on a one-out double by Davis.
Marionville took the lead an inning later on an RBI-single by Wesley Breedlove, scoring Evan Dotson, who also singled.
The first three batters for Billings reached in the top of the third, on a walk and two singles, before Davis plunked a batter to bring in the tying run. Fortunately, the Comets were again able to work out of the jam and keep the score at 2-2. However, the Wildcats would come back with two more unearned runs in the top of the fourth to take a 4-2 lead.
The Comets weren't satisfied with that, though, and took the lead back for good in their half of the fourth. Emmit Neely led off with a double to center, then advanced to third on an error which allowed Jeremy Vickers to reach base. After a walk to Dotson, Neely scored on a wild pitch with Jordan Williams at the plate. Williams would later ground out, scoring Vickers and advancing courtesy runner James Tucker.
With the score tied, Breedlove flied a ball to center, where it was dropped by the centerfielder, allowing Tucker to score the go-ahead run. The Comets were eventually retired on a double play, but the lead would stick.
Marionville added another two runs in the following inning, and held on twice more on defense to advance to the semifinal game.
Larkin's two hits led the offense, while Davis and Williams shared the duties on the mound. Williams picked up the win, throwing four innings of relief and allowing no hits while striking out five.
Tuesday's semifinal game was a different story, as Crane put up 10 unanswered runs over the first three innings. The Comets came back with consolation runs in the fifth and sixth, but it was far from enough, and the season ended with a 10-2 loss to the Pirates.
Marionville recorded eight hits in the loss, including two each by Davis and Vickers. Three Comet pitchers saw action on the day, with James Hammonds taking the loss after allowing eight runs on seven hits over an inning and a third. Larkin and Breedlove worked two and a third and two innings, respectively. Each pitcher struck out three Crane batters.
With the end of this season, Marionville will lose Mayberry as its most experience outfielder. However, the majority of the starting lineup is expected to return next year with the hope of claiming a district championship.