A power outage interrupted the game for more than an hour, but Henderson County didn’t let that affect them as it beat Collins 3-0 to advance to the semifinals for the second year in a row.
A transformer blew and the lights went out at Whitaker Bank Ballpark at 8:50 p.m., with two outs in the top of the first inning.
Power was restored at 9:50, play resumed at 10:05, and Henderson County’s bats came alive in the bottom of the fourth.
Ryan Ward doubled with one out, Colin Hudson blooped a hit to right, and Quinn Thomas drove in Ward with a single. Hudson scored on Daniel Steiner’s ground-out to give Henderson County a 2-0 lead.
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That was all Colonels’ pitcher Sam Higgs needed. The senior right-hander, who won two games in last year’s state tournament, worked six innings, gave up four hits and had nine strikeouts to run his record to 12-1 this season.
Colton Jones pitched the seventh to seal it.
Collins threatened in the fifth when David Decker hit a one-out triple. But when Decker tried to score on a grounder to short, Ethan Meeler threw him out at the plate. Higgs got the third out on an infield pop-up.
Henderson County added a run in the fifth. Jones hit a one-out double, went to third on a wild pitch, and came home on Justin Cessna’s sacrifice fly.
The game ended at 10 minutes before midnight.
Collins 000 000 0 – 0 4 2
Henderson County 000 210 x — 3 7 2
Austin Henry, Buddy Johnson (5) and Zach Wiley. Sam Higgs, Colton Jones (7) and Andrew Richmond. 2B–Ryan Ward (HC), Colton Jones (HC). 3B–David Decker (C).Records–Collins 33-7 Henderson Co. 31-8