TIPTON -- A four-run fifth inning Wednesday propelled the Maysville Wolverines to an 8-6 victory against the Tipton Cardinals in the Class 2 state quarterfinals at Tipton City Park.
Tipton ends the season with a 15-13 record.
The Cardinals opened the game with three runs in the top of the first inning. Tyler Baer hit an RBI double, then Baer and Will Cashman both scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0.
Maysville responded with two runs in the third inning on a single from Dillon Willis.
Cain Myers hit an RBI single in the top of the fifth, pushing Tipton’s lead to 4-2.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Wolverines scored two runs on an error, then got an RBI single from Gavin Kennedy and a bases-loaded walk from Rilley Scott to take a 6-4 advantage.
Maysville widened the lead to four runs with a pair of RBI groundouts in the sixth.
Baer hit a two-run home run to left field in the top of the seventh, but that was as close as the Cardinals would get.
Baer finished 2-for-2 with three RBI and three runs scored to lead the Tipton offense.
Myers pitched the first 4⅔ innings for the Cardinals, giving up six runs (two earned) on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Coy Sobotka was the winning pitcher for Maysville, striking out nine and walking four in 4⅓ innings. Willis had two hits and two RBI to lead the Wolverine offense.
Maysville (16-9) advances to its first Final Four in program history. The Wolverines will play top-ranked Ash Grove (23-0) in the state semifinals at 7 p.m. Monday at Sky Bacon Stadium in Ozark.