(WEHT) – The third time was the charm for the Southridge Raiders.
It was the third straight season Southridge found itself in the title game, but the state championship was still eluding the raiders.
In the bottom of the third, with bases loaded, Ethan Bell had a chance to give Southridge a lead, but he struck out.
In the bottom of the fifth, Bell was up again with another opportunity. This time, the senior didn’t squander the moment, redeeming himself with a 2-run RBI double to give the Raiders the lead.
Southridge held off Hanover Central from then on, seizing their first state championship in school history.
“It’s great for our team,” Bell said. “We deserved it. We worked our butts off. It’s great for the community, bringing home the state championship. Like they say, the third time is the charm.”
“The way we lost in 2018 and 2019 was just tough,” said Southridge assistant Casey Lindeman. “They’re heartbreaking. You get down to the last out and the last inning, and needed to make something happen, and we didn’t. Today, we were able to execute and we were able to come through, and we made it work.”