Edison Middle School relied on deception to beat Charleston in Saturday’s sectional baseball game in Champaign.
With the score tied 2-2, one out and an Edison runner on third base, CMS intentionally walked a batter who then moved off first base as if to steal second. While CMS attempted to tag this player, the runner from third broke home and scored the winning run to advance to the state playoffs.
Trailing 2-0, CMS rallied to score a run in both the top of the sixth and seventh innings. Cody Bell ripped a line drive to center field that drove in Landrus, who had doubled, in the sixth inning.
In the seventh, Luke Bonnstetter walked, stole second and scored on Zack Craig’s single to center to tie it.
To start the bottom of the seventh, an Edison player singled with one out stole second and advanced to third on a fielder’s choice.
CMS’s Charlie Spoonhour allowed three runs on nine hits, striking out two in 6 2/3 innings. Landrus collected two hits for the Trojans, who finished the season at 13-4.