After losing to Cedar Cliff in the District 3-AAAA semifinals, the Exeter High School baseball team was still alive. On May 29, the Eagles took on Red Land in the third place game and a berth in the state tournament.
The game went into extra innings, but Red Land scored a run in the top of the ninth to defeat Exeter, 3-2. The loss means the Eagles will not qualify for the state tournament and they end their season with an overall record of 15-10.
Derrick Jackson's RBI double in the bottom of the second gave Exeter a 1-0 lead. Northeastern came back with two runs in the top of the fifth, before Exeter tied the game in the bottom half of the fifth.
The game stayed that way until Red Land finally broke through with a run in the ninth.
Aaron Gentry paced the Exeter offense with two hits and one RBI, while Andrew Hertzog had two hits.
In the semifinals, Exeter's gold meal dreams were dashed when the Eagles suffered a 5-2 loss to Cedar Cliff. Exeter took a 1-0 in the first inning, but Cedar Cliff took advantage of three Exeter errors to produce three unearned runs. Cedar Cliff tied the game with a run in the second, then scored two more in the third to take a lead they would never surrender.
Although Cedar Cliff pitching surrendered six walks in the game, the Exeter offense managed just three hits, one each from Dylan Richards, Andrew Hertzog and Reed Huntzinger. Included in Huntzinger's day was a double and one RBI. Hunter Hart scored both of Exeter's runs.
In the district quarterfinals, Derrick Jackson pitched a three-hit shutout to lead the Eagles to a 4-0 win over Ephrata.