Any longer and it would have been too late for the Morrison Eagles. The bats woke up late for the host school, but when they did, the Eagles soared past the Centertown Warriors.
Morrison scored six runs in the sixth inning, enough to pull out an 8-3 victory over Centertown and claim the elementary slow-pitch softball championship.
With the game knotted at 3-3 entering the sixth, Morrison was able to exploit a stingy Warrior defense for a scoring barrage.
Morrison got a break to start the sixth, getting Dalton Bess on with a single and advancing to second on a dropped pop fly. After a pair of outs threatened to leave the Eagles without a run, luck struck when Jayden McCoy's shallow fly ball was bobbled. Bess was able to score, pushing Morrison ahead 4-3
Hunter Musgrove wasted little time putting distance between the home team and the Warriors. The Eagle clean-up hitter pounded a shot into right-center field, which eluded the Centertown outfield. Musgrove was able to circle the bases for a two-run, inside-the-park home run.
Caylon Driver and Connor Farmer followed by singling and scoring, putting Centertown behind five entering the seventh.
The Warriors loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, getting hits from Braden Marcum, Brady Duggin and Aden Nash.
The big break didn't come for the Warriors though, as an infield shot was snagged and tossed to first, where Driver secured the final out and started the celebration.
Jacob Bain, Justin Palmer and Ashton Griffith all had hits and scored in the loss for the Warriors.
Morrison advanced to the championship game by beating Irving College 20-0 and Eastside 13-8 on an action packed day. Centertown edged Dibrell 6-5 for its championship-game bid.Dibrell bounced back to blank Irving College 16-0 in the consolation game.