KINGSPORT — Virginia Intermont was the last team without a loss after the third day of the Appalachian Athletic Conference baseball tournament at Hunter Wright Stadium.
Ryan Hankins raced home from third base on a wild pitch following a strikeout in the bottom of the 10th inning, and the sixth-seeded Cobras advanced to the AAC championship game with a 5-4 victory over seventh-seeded Bryan on Thursday.
VI (27-19) sent the game to extra innings with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. A Seth Davis triple plated Fabian Placencia, and Tyler Richardson sent Davis across the plate to tie it at 4.
Bryan reached the matchup with VI thanks to a 9-7 win over No. 2 seed Union (30-23) in the day’s first game.
Fifth-seeded Reinhardt eliminated Milligan with a 9-3 win and then dealt top-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan its first loss of the tournament, 11-4.
The Eagles (26-29) ended the Buffaloes’ season by limiting them to just three runs, though starting pitcher Bobby Rednour and reliever Jake Waters gave up 12 hits between them.
Cody Hyder went 3-for-4 to lead Milligan (25-25). Luke Kirk, Brandon Malone and Tyree Jeffries had two hits apiece.
Jean Gonzalez was 2-for-5 with four RBIs for Reinhardt.
The Eagles came back Thursday night and battered Tennessee Wesleyan (41-16) with a 14-hit outburst. Reinhardt’s Tyler Adams was 4-for-5 with five RBIs and Michael Vanwie went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored.
Trent Sheffield tossed a complete game, dealing the Bulldogs their first loss in the AAC tournament since the 2006 title game. Tennessee Wesleyan has won the past six conference tournaments.
Reinhardt and Wesleyan face off again Friday at 1:30 p.m. to determine which plays VI for the tournament championship at 5 p.m.