The No. 4 LaPoynor Flyers were back in action on Thursday evening at Rusk High School for their regional final against the Wells Pirates. After dropping Game 1, 12-2, the Flyers were now in need of two wins in one night to advance to the state tournament.
After their bats were silenced in a no-hitter in the first game, LaPoynor bounced back for the crucial 13-3 Game 2 victory, forcing a winner-take-all Game 3.
Game 3 was an extra-inning thriller and LaPoynor saw their season reach a heartbreaking end as the Pirates walked off for the 6-5 win in eight innings, wrapping up the greatest playoff run in Flyers history.
Wells opened with the 2-0 lead when Jackson Scoggins scored Jakari Hadnot with his RBI single and Logan Tucker came home on a passed ball.
LaPoynor trailed 2-1 as Blaine Coats scored when Kase Johnston grounded into a fielder's choice.
The Pirates had their largest lead at 3-1 in the top of the second as Jacob Layton scored on a passed ball.
In the bottom of the second, Caleb Solis' RBI double scored Caden Young and Solis would score on an error by Scoggins as the Flyers tied it at 3-3.
They took the lead for good at 5-3 in the bottom of the third as Dawson Turner scored on Kase Johnston's RBI double and Young scored on an error from Garrett Allen.
Jared Sanchez scored Jett Riley and Young with a two-run RBI single and then Sanchez himself scored on an error by Hadnot as LaPoynor led 8-3 in the bottom of the fifth.
The Flyers plated five more runs in the bottom of the sixth and picked up the 13-3 win in six innings.
Turner and Johnston scored as Riley reached first base on an error by Layton, Riley and Sanchez scored on bases-loaded walks and Young walked home when Mason Grubbs was hit by a pitch.
Johnston earned the win with five innings of three runs on two hits with eight strikeouts and seven walks.
Young relieved with one inning that included a strikeout.
The Pirates scored first and led 1-0 as Hadnot scored on an error by Turner.
The Flyers tied it when Sanchez scored on an error in the top of the second.
Three scoreless innings later, LaPoynor took the 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth when Solis advanced to third base on an error and he would score on the same play.
It was 3-1 Flyers when Riley's RBI double scored Austin Majors in the top of the sixth.
Wells cut the lead to 3-2 as Kaleb Parnell came home when Allen reached first base on an error.
LaPoynor added an insurance run and led 4-2 in the top of the seventh when Coats stole home.
After Layton scored on a passed ball and Hadnot scored on an error by Riley, the game was tied at 4-4 and it went into extra innings.
Solis singled and scored Riley for the 5-4 Flyer lead.
To open the bottom of the eighth, Scoggins and Allen walked and Layton singled to load the bases with no one out.
Grubbs was then able to force Tanner Glover into a fly out and he struck out Ira Reyes for two outs.
Grubbs then suffered the blown save as Wells tied it at 5-5 when Joshua Layton reached on an error by Young, scoring Scoggins.
With the bases still loaded with two outs, Grubbs hit Hadnot with a pitch, forcing in Allen to score the winning run as the Pirates took the regional championship by the final score of 6-5.
Fortner was stellar in his start as he went five innings with one run on three hits plus eight strikeouts and two walks.
Young and Grubbs combined for 2.2 innings of relief with five runs on three hits, three strikeouts and four walks.
The Flyers' spectacular season concludes with a record of 16-8-1 as they won their district, are regional quarterfinal champs, regional semifinal champs and regional finalists.