Tyler Floyd agreed the adrenaline was at an all time high.
It must have been, because the senior catcher-turned-pitcher for an afternoon was clearly exhausted.
But somehow, after catching seven innings in Game 2 and pitching 6-2/3 innings of Game 3 in 91 degree heat at James T. Young Baseball Field Saturday, Floyd reached back and fired his fastest pitches of the day - consecutive 84 mile per hour fastballs - to get strikes two and three for the final out with the bases loaded, and Stephenville held on for a 1-0 series-clinching win over Mansfield Summit.
It completed a comeback by the Yellow Jackets (20-11-2) in the 4A Region I bi-district series. They fell 3-2 in extra innings at Summit (17-15) Thursday and won Game 2 - moved to Saturday because of lightning Friday night - 6-2.
Stephenville faces District 5 champ Aledo in the area round next week with the details still to be determined as of Saturday evening. Aledo swept Fort Worth Southwest in bi-district.
"There was a lot of adrenaline flowing. I was so tired, but I just didn't want to see our season end," said Floyd of the extra head at the end. "I want to keep this going and keep getting to play with these guys as long as I can because I know it will never be like this again."
Floyd said the highlight reel catch by Witt Westbrook to end the sixth inning gave him a boost of energy before the seventh.
Summit - the home team in Game 3 even though it was in Stephenville - had a runner on second when Logan Tills, who hit the walk-off home run in the 12th inning of Game 1 at Summit Thursday night, hit one hard to center field.
Yellow Jacket junior Witt Westbrook sprinted to his right, dove, reached out and made the biggest catch of Stephenville's season. It wasn't until Westbrook rolled completely over on the outfield grass and held his glove in the air for all to see that the umpire flashed the out sign and the slim lead was safe.
Floyd got into trouble in the seventh when he issued his only walks of the afternoon to begin the inning, and with one out, an error prevented the Jackets from turning a game-ending double play and instead loaded the bases.
A fly out to Westbrook wasn't deep enough for the runners to tag and advance, setting the stage for Floyd's game and series winning strikeout of Summit shortstop Brady Usherwood.
The only run came in the top of the second when junior shortstop Chase Varnado walked, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Connor Washington, reached third on an error and scored on a single to left by Brian Picha.
Picha was the hottest hitter of the series, going 7-11 with all singles. He had three hits in each of the first two games.
"I'm not sure what it was, I just felt comfortable up there," said Picha. "I'm the leadoff hitter so it's my job to get on base."
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