By John Lachmann
Sophomore right-handed cousins Nate and Conner Verst combined on a six-hitter, sending Brossart to its first-ever state tournament with a 4-3 win over Harrison County in the 10th Region final at Montgomery County on Thursday.
Nate Verst had the lead when he left after throwing six innings, but the Thorobreds loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh against Conner Verst.
But Conner Verst induced a grounder to short that resulted in a force out at the plate, and a pop up to first base ended the game.
Senior center fielder Zach Fardo homered to give Brossart the early lead, and senior left fielder Trevor Bezold went deep in the third inning to give the Mustangs a 2-1 lead.
After Harrison County tied the score again in the bottom of the third, a fielder’s choice scored Brossart senior shortstop Jesse Orth, giving the Mustangs the lead for good, 3-2 in the top of the fourth.
Brossart added an insurance run on a Bezold single in the fifth inning.
The Mustangs will play the Region 15 winner at 6 p.m. on Monday in the first round of the state tournament.
BROSSART 101-110-0—4 8 4
HARRISON 011-001-0—3 6 0
WP: N. Verst (8-0). SV: C. Verst. HITTING LEADERS: B—Fardo HR; Bezold 2-2, HR, 2 RBI. HC—Jones 2B; Hill 2B. RECORDS: Brossart 25-12, Harrison County 30-10.
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