Titans exact revenge in anticipated rematch

Photo submitted by Lori Breivogel

The Gibson Southern baseball team celebrates after Cody Hupp's walk-off double against Washington on Tuesday.

FORT BRANCH -- The Gibson Southern baseball team had been waiting on Tuesday night's game since ending the season last season.

Big Eight Conference rival Washington ended the Titans season in the sectional championship game a season ago.

Tuesday night, Gibson Southern was able to exact revenge on the Hatchets with a 4-3 win.

The game marked senior night for the Titans as well, and it was only fitting a senior collected the game-winning hit.

Cody Hupp stepped to the plate with two-outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and smacked 2-0 offering for an RBI double to leftfield for the walk-off win.

"Cody came up huge," fellow senior Payton Boyd said. "And it definitely couldn't happen to a better person."

Boyd admitted the game has been on the minds of the Titan players all season.

"The revenge was something we have been talking about all season," the senior said. "Ever since they knocked us out of the sectional final. This one was circled on our calendar for sure ... it felt amazing to come back the way we did."

The Titans trailed 3-2 heading into the last of the seventh inning.

Gibson Southern was actually done to its last out and the bases empty before freshman Logan Maurer kept the game alive with a two-out single.

After Brayden Malone reached on an error, Taylor Lintzenich tied the game with an RBI single to right field.

Then Hupp worked his magic.

Hupp launched his fourth home run of the season earlier in the contest as the Titan senior finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI's.

"Cody had a good night to remember," Titans skipper Chris May said of his senior. "And it was a much needed win for us. We have a big week ahead of us, but we will enjoy this one tonight."

Maurer finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate in his first varsity game of his career.

Caleb Sellers earned the win on the hill as he tossed the final four innings in relief. Sellers allowed just one hit in his outing.

The Titans play host to Vincennes Lincoln on Thursday.

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