By April 26, it looked to be a safe bet to write off the McConnellsburg baseball team, which had just lost eight straight games to go to 2-10.
But hopefully you didn’t bet too much, because after a tough 3-2 defeat to the Forbes Road Cardinals, McConnellsburg's season did a complete 180, winning its final eight games of the season to reach .500 and make it to the District 5 Class A playoffs as the fifth seed.
The Spartans will face Forbes Road, the fourth seed, in the first round of the district tournament Wednesday, and if all indications are correct, McConnellsburg will not be the same team the Cardinals (11-7) saw at the end of April.
In the final eight games of the season, McConnellsburg outscored its opponents 56-17, and beat the three teams tied for the Sideling Hill League title back-to-back-to-back.
In the final game of the regular season, the Spartans handed Tussey Mountain an 11-0 loss in four innings as Matt Huston threw a no-hitter in just his third decision of the year.
Three-way tie: After Southern Fulton worked its way through the first half of the season with ease, three league losses in the final month put the Indians in a three-way tie for first place in the Sideling Hill League.
Chestnut Ridge, which beat Southern Fulton in the third game of the season, and Southern Huntingdon, which beat SF 1-0 in the final month of the season, share the title with the Indians.
Southern Fulton gained the No. 2 seed in District 5 with a 15-4 record and will begin post-season play on Wednesday against No. 7 Rockwood (8-8).