There were some questions about the way the winning run was scored, but that run made the difference in the Class AAA baseball tournament Thursday.
Riverdale lost to Collierville 5-4 to end the Warriors season.
With runners on first and second and two outs in the sixth, Collierville’s Brandon Montgomery smacked a line drive to left field that got over the head of Kaleb Swayze and went to the wall. After the tying run scored, the Collierville players rushed out on the field to celebrate.
Pinch-runner Austin Hall rounded third and headed for home. The throw skipped away from Riverdale catcher Riley Walters and went to the backstop, but he couldn’t retrieve it at first due to the Collierville players on the field. When Walters did retrieve it, Montgomery headed to third.
Riverdale coach Barry Messer appealed to the umpires that Hall should have been sent back to third and Montgomery back to first, due to the players being on the field, but to no avail.
“They had runners coming home and players on the field,” said Messer. “I know the game gets a little exciting, but that really didn’t have an outcome on the game. It was just a moment that got a little electric and heated a little bit. No big deal.”
The Warriors (29-13) got two hits in the bottom of the seventh but couldn’t get any runners across.
The Warriors scored four in the third inning to get the early lead. They loaded the bases with one out, then Brady Puckett and Drew Huff had back-to-back singles to score the runners.
Collierville will play Farragut in the championship at 5 p.m. Friday at MTSU.