Tied with top seed Missouri Western 3-3 in the 9th inning of the deciding game of the MIAA championship Saturday, MSSU senior catcher Sam Ryan sent one over the right field wall, delivering the Lions their first tournament title in 21 years. The pitch came on a full count, with two outs, and two on, a moment Ryan declared "is what every kid dreams about."
The win secures a spot in the regional tournament now for the Lions for the first time since 2001. That will begin Thursday, with the who/what/where details set to be announced Sunday night.
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