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      Just Short, Deerfield Defeated in State Championship

      Deerfield baseball was up against it, trailing 1-0 in its GISA-AAA championship series against Tattnall Square.

      These Knights, who were in this 0-1 predicament last week in the semifinals, had to get back up Saturday and return to Macon with two wins in mind.

      However, the final day of high school baseball for nine Deerfield seniors failed to end the way they had planned. With their resiliency, the Knights fought to answer every Trojan punch, but Tattnall Square had one more arm and one more bat.

      Deerfield fell short of the state championship for the third time in six seasons, losing game two 4-3.

      Freshman pitcher Justin Glover limited the Tattnall damage, aside from a Tyler Ward solo home run, and the Knights tied the game at three heading to the top of the fifth.

      But with a champion TMs response, Tattnall TMs Cole Gaylord lined a double deep in to right center scoring Orlando Mack for the game winning run in the fifth.

      Deerfield senior Sam Shellhaus gave the Knights life with a lead single in the seventh, and advanced to third with two outs before Tattnall closed the game and the series with a strikeout.

      We're going to miss our seniors tremendously, but we've got enough folks coming back that we need to find a way to get back in this series again. We've still got some work to do, but we're hardheaded we're going to try to comeback, Knights head coach Rod Murray said.

      Just a great group of guys that never give up. We don't think anybody is better than us in the GISA. One team just came out and won two games against us, Knights outfielder Davis Hines said.