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Carthage Wins State, Harleton Loses In Extra Innings

On the final day of the season, one East Texas team brought home a state baseball championship, while another fell just short in extra innings.

The Carthage Bulldogs were making their fourth trip to the state tournament, and third to the finals since 1990. The number one team in the state lived up to the hype, defeating Lubbock Cooper 6-1.

The fundamentally sound Bulldogs took advantage of Cooper's mistakes, their first four runs scored on two walks, an error, and a wild pitch. Luke Burnett went the distance for Carthage, he got the win and was named the championship game MVP. 

Blaine Brewster had two extra-base hits and scored twice.

Meanwhile in 1A, Jeff Kiesling's RBI double started a five-run, extra-inning rally to lead Thorndale to a 10-5 victory over Harleton for the title.

Kiseling's double came with two outs in the top of the eighth to break a 5-all tie. Thorndale (33-5) went on to add four more runs and hold Harleton (31-2) scoreless in the bottom of the inning.

Harleton had tied the game in the bottom of the seventh when Colton Knuckols was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Wade Gilchrist (9-1) got his second straight victory, striking out four and allowing four hits and two earned runs.

Reid Kerr ( reporting.

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