Spartans clinch league title, beat White River

The Sumner Spartans are league champions and for the first time since 1985.

The Sumner Spartans are league champions.

And for the first time since 1985.

The Spartans faced off Wednesday at home against the White River Hornets.

The teams had played each other the day before and Sumner handed White River its first conference loss of the season.

The Spartans had to win Wednesday to clinch the title.

And they did.

Sumner beat the Hornets 6-2 in front of a packed crowd on senior day.

The Hornets scored first with two outs in the first inning.

Sumner didn’t waste anytime.

The Spartans hit a lead off double to start the bottom of the first inning.

The game was tied at one off a single by Tysen Fischlin.

A pair of stolen bases in the third for the Spartans put the go ahead run on third base.

Sumner took the lead with two outs off a hit fair down the third baseline by Luc Powers-Hubbard.

Still in the third with two outs, the bases load for the second time.

Powers-Hubbard is walked in from third and Sumner took a 3-1 lead over White River.

The Hornets trailed Sumner by one after a lead off home run to start the fifth inning.

After stealing a base, the tying run was at second.

The runner advanced to third on a bunt but was later thrown out at home.

Entering the home sixth, the lead off batter beat the throw to first.

Brandon Walsh made it to first on his own bunt and Sumner had two on with no outs.

The bases load as Fischlin headed to the plate.

One run scores on a sacrifice as Sumner takes a 4-2 lead.

The Spartans add two more runs, clearing the bases off a single by Chase Torgison.

Sumner now leads the Hornets 6-2 with one out in the sixth.

The Hornets turn a double play to end the inning.

White River has one more chance to tie the game and force extra innings or take the lead.

The Hornets had a runner on third with one out but they would never score.

Sumner got the final two outs it needed and the game was over.

The Spartans end the season in first place with a 13-1 conference record and 17-1 overall.

Both Sumner and White River advance to the 2A sub-district tournament at Osborne Field.

The Spartans played Tyee Tuesday in the first round.

The game was played after the press deadline. For scores and recaps, check the Courier-Herald’s website, blscourierherald.com.

The Spartans next game will come next week in the 2A district tournament at Franklin Pierce High School.

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