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MACON — Hebron Christian nearly came back from a seven-run deficit in Game 3 of Class A (Private) state baseball semifinal series against Tattnall Square.

However, the rally fell just short as the top-seeded Trojans held off the pesky 20th-seeded Lions for an 8-7 win Wednesday at Tattnall Square.

Tattnall Square used a seven-run second inning to put Hebron (20-16-1) in an early.

But the Lions rallied for six runs in the fourth five of which came with two outs, keyed by an RBI singles from Thomas Headley and Max Bennett an two-run doubles by Anthony Lentine and Jackson Boyd.

After Tattnall Square pushed the lead to two runs, the Lions got within one run again on Boyd’s RBI infield single in the sixth.

Hebron had two more chances to tie the game, but stranded two runners on base in the sixth and the tying run at third in the seventh.

“This team gave everything they possibly could,” Hebron coach Ben Drust said. “I’m so incredibly proud of them for their effort, and how they competed each and every pitch. We were the underdog going into the playoffs and in every series. We were the 20 seed and worked our way to the (semifinals), and proved that we belonged.

“These guys left their hearts on the field, and I’m heartbroken for the result. But I’m so proud to be their head coach.”

Boyd finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBIs at the plate and threw 1/2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts out of the bullpen.

Garrett Howe was also 2-for-4 for the Lions, while Gavin Incrocci threw 3 2/3 innings, allowing only two hits and one earned run with a strikeout.

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