Tested until the final couple of innings it was Alliance finally shaking off Gering to win the Juniors Legion baseball Area 7 District Championship Tuesday night.
Gering forced a decisive second game with a 6-5 win in Tuesday’s opener outhitting the Spartans 11-4 after falling behind 3-0. Gering won it on a walk-off RBI single in the seventh from Blake Greene.
Game two looked like Gering might pull off the stunning doubleheader sweep with a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth, and 5-3 lead in the sixth before Alliance erupted with eight runs in the sixth and held on for an 11-7 win to claim the title. Kirk Sanders and Connor Schrawyer each brought home three RBIs, with Schrawyer sending a three-run homer over the fence for an 11-5 lead in the sixth. Alliance goes to Juniors State in Columbus – those games start on Saturday.