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Dearth of hitting dooms defending champs

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

ROME -- Game 3 of a second-round Class A state playoff series with Darlington proved to be one of the few times Wesleyan's baseball team just couldn't come up with the big hit.

The Wolves stranded 12 baserunners, and a four-run third inning by the hosts put them in a hole they just couldn't climb out of as Wesleyan's three-year reign as state champions came to an end with an 11-1 defeat Thursday at Darlington.

The loss also marked the final game for Mike Shaheen, who will step down next month to take a job with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in the Dominican Republic, while Darlington advances to take on another Gwinnett opponent, Hebron Christian, in the state quarterfinals next week.

"We kept getting guys on base," Shaheen said. "It just wasn't meant to be."

Alex Thykeson had two of the Wolves (22-9) seven hits on the day and drove in their only run.