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Monroe and New Boston Huron are out of the state baseball tournament

The high school baseball season came to an end Thursday for Monroe and New Boston Huron with losses in the regional semifinals.

That leaves Whiteford as the only Monroe County Region team still alive in the state tournament.

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The Bobcats defeated Onsted 5-1 on Wednesday to earn a spot in the regional finals Saturday at 10 a.m. at Adrian College.

The Bobcats will play Ann Arbor Greenhills, which defeated Ecorse 4-1 on Thursday.

Division 1

WILLIS – Monroe let an early 3-1 lead slip by falling 7-5 to Livonia Churchill.

The Trojans finish with a 10-26 record.

Churchill (28-8) will play Northville (21-4) for the regional championship on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Northville.

Jacob Handyside is greeted by his New Boston Huron teammates after his two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Thursday, June 6, 2024. Trenton scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to win 3-2.Jacob Handyside is greeted by his New Boston Huron teammates after his two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Thursday, June 6, 2024. Trenton scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to win 3-2.

Jacob Handyside is greeted by his New Boston Huron teammates after his two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Thursday, June 6, 2024. Trenton scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to win 3-2.

Division 2

TRENTON – New Boston Huron and Trenton each came up with two-out hits in the late innings of their regional game Thursday.

Unfortunately for Huron, the big blow came in the sixth inning.

That gave Trenton the opportunity to respond.

The Trojans did that in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Ashton Rooney guided a ground ball between shortstop and third base to drive home the winning run of a 3-2 Trenton victory.

New Boston Huron first baseman Nate Morse spins to pick off a Trenton runner with a dart thrown by catcher Connor Grant in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Thursday, June 6, 2024. Trenton scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to win 3-2.New Boston Huron first baseman Nate Morse spins to pick off a Trenton runner with a dart thrown by catcher Connor Grant in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Thursday, June 6, 2024. Trenton scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to win 3-2.

New Boston Huron first baseman Nate Morse spins to pick off a Trenton runner with a dart thrown by catcher Connor Grant in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Thursday, June 6, 2024. Trenton scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to win 3-2.

“It was a good pitch. The kid just put a good spin on it,” Huron coach Phil Yancey said. “If it had been a grass field we might have had a chance on it, but not on artificial grass.”

That bit of bad luck closed the curtain on an excellent Huron season. The Chiefs set a school record for wins by finishing 29-6 and won their second straight district championship and fourth straight Huron League crown along the way.

“It was a great season,” Yancey said.

The Huron offense did very little through the first five innings.

New Boston Huron pitcher Micah Smith delivers a pitch against Trenton in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Thursday, June 6, 2024. Trenton scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning and won 3-2.New Boston Huron pitcher Micah Smith delivers a pitch against Trenton in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Thursday, June 6, 2024. Trenton scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning and won 3-2.

New Boston Huron pitcher Micah Smith delivers a pitch against Trenton in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Thursday, June 6, 2024. Trenton scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning and won 3-2.

Things started to change in the sixth when Nate Morse was hit on the top of the helmet while trying to turn away from an inside pitch.

Connor Grant then walked and Cash Moczydlowsky advanced both runners with a groundout to first base.

Trenton looked like it might get out of trouble when the next batter popped out to the shortstop.

Senior Jacob Handyside brought that up.

“He’s been up and down all year,” Yancey said. “I was ready to make a hit for him.”

But Handyside changed the plan with four words.

“He said, ‘Coach, I got this,’” Yancey said.

New Boston Huron senior catcher Connor Grant (right) watches as Trenton's Carson Boike scores the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Thursday, June 6, 2024.New Boston Huron senior catcher Connor Grant (right) watches as Trenton's Carson Boike scores the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Thursday, June 6, 2024.

New Boston Huron senior catcher Connor Grant (right) watches as Trenton’s Carson Boike scores the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Thursday, June 6, 2024.

Handyside was right.

The designated hitter lined a ball over the first baseman’s head for a two-run single.

The momentum seemed to be in the Huron dugout, especially after starting pitcher Micah Smith capped his outing with a strikeout in the bottom of the sixth.

An infield single by Myles Grace and a sacrifice bunt by Kyle Kantola gave Huron a runner in scoring position in the top of the seventh, but Trenton turned away the threat and then came through with a walk-off hit in the bottom half of the inning.

Huron will have to say goodbye to seven seniors, including four-year varsity players Handyside, Smith, Morse and Grant.

“We have a lot of young talent,” said Yancey, who had three freshmen play important roles this season.

This article originally appeared in The Monroe News: Prep Baseball: Season-ending regional semifinal loss to Monroe, Huron

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