Clinton couldn’t win the Region 3-3A baseball title when Chapman visited with the trophy secured.
What the Red Devils could do – and did – was prove the Panthers were beatable in a tense 5-4 victory on Friday night.
Clinton captured the win with a bases-loaded, 1-out passed ball that allowed the walk-off run to score.
The Red Devils collected 10 hits, led by Jack Carroll and Noah Reece with 2 each.
Davidson Pitts’ first-inning single put Clinton (14-6, 8-2 region) up, and the Red Devils scored 3 more runs in the second, with Davis Wilson driving in 2 and Carroll another.
Damian Price got the start for Clinton, allowing 3 runs and 4 runs (2 earned) over 3 innings. Jaylin Alexander and Wilson pitched 2-inning stints with Wilson getting the decision when the Red Devils scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Banks Atkins opened for Chapman (17-7, 9-1), lasting 4-2/3 innings, allowing 4 runs and 6 hits, while striking out 5.
Jake Murray collected 2 of the Panthers’ 6 hits. Landon Solesbee tripled in his only at-bat.