Webb City catcher Dawsyn Decker’s tag is a little high (according to the umpire) as Nevada begins to catch up in the fifth inning Monday night in the district final at Nevada. Pitcher Addie Burns is backing up the play.

Cardinals settle for second place after extra-innings district final

Bob Foos

Pick-off play.

Catcher Dawsyn Decker and Alex Maturino (12) celebrate after picking off a Nevada runner at third base to keep Nevada from taking the lead in the sixth-inning.

The Webb City Cardinals made it to the final of the Class 4 District 7 tournament Monday night at Nevada but dejectedly rode home with the runner-up trophy.

It was a long night as the host Tigers came back to tie the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Webb City took an 2-0 lead in the second inning when Addison Brown hit a home run.

Dawsyn Decker increased the lead to 4-0 in the top of the third with a 2-out, 2-RBI single.

Nevada scored three runs in the fifth before tying it at 4 in the sixth.

Freshman Addie Burns was on the mound for the Cardinals through six and a third innings before being relieved by sophomore Makenzie Wynn, who completed the game.

A Nevada throwing error on Jensyn Pickett’s grounder in the eighth inning allowed pinch-runner Lia Taylor to put the Cardinals ahead 5-4.

But the Tigers loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning and were able to tie it again.

The 5:30 p.m. game stretched to 8 p.m. when the Tigers ended it 6-5 in the ninth inning.

“It was a hard-fought game,” said Webb City coach Shauna Friend. “I am incredibly proud of these young girls.”

She praised their grit and determination – and gave kudos to the Tigers, who go on to host Kearney Saturday.

Overall, Friend said, “I’m just proud of a great season (27-11).”

She added, “I’m gonna miss our seniors:” Jensyn Pickett, Sydney Strickland, Dawsyn Decker and Rilley Hanes.

Jensyn Pickett catches a fly ball in left field for the third out in the eighth inning.

Second baseman Lily Hall throws to Sydney Strickland in time for the out at first.