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DES MOINES — Hudson couldn’t quite script a happy ending to what became a Cinderella baseball postseason.

Martensdale-St. Mary’s (40-4) put together four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break open a 3-2 game and knock the Pirates out of the Class 1A state baseball tournament Saturday at Principal Park, 7-4.

The Blue Devils had four hits and took advantage of a pair of Hudson errors in the decisive inning. Hudson (18-17) battled back with two runs in the seventh, but couldn’t put together another fairy tale ending in what has been a remarkable postseason.

“We battled today just like we have done all year,” Pirates coach Joe Bahnsen said. “This game was like the story of our postseason run. We have seen some great pitchers and battled with some really good teams. We came in as sort of a darkhorse, and a lot of people didn’t even know who we were.

“This team fought hard and never gave up all the way to the end.”

Hudson pulled within a run in the top of the sixth when Andrew Mohr singled home Jacob Myers with one out.

Martensdale-St. Mary’s then started its sixth with a single. The Pirates had a chance to erase that baserunner with a double play on a sharp grounder, but a bobble in the infield left both runners on base.

With the bases loaded, Brady Gavin delivered a two-run single to widen the lead to 5-2. Bret Barnett followed with a run-scoring single and a fielder’s choice chased the seventh run home for a 7-2 cushion.

Hudson fought back in the top of the seventh.

Holden Caloud took a free pass as the leadoff hitter and Jacob Murray singled to put runners on the corners. Al Hageman singled in Caloud and Murray dashed home on a fielder’s choice hit by CJ Christopher before the rally fizzled.

Even facing that 7-2 deficit, Murray was confident his Pirates team wouldn’t go out quietly.

“We have good leaders on this team and when we got up to bat we just told each other to take a deep breath and be patient at the plate,” said Murray. “We felt good about coming back and we just fell a little short.

“I think stepping out into this stadium before the game it was like, ‘Wow’ this is huge. We settled down and knew we had to stay focused and play our game. This loss is really gonna provide us with the drive to get back here next year.”

Pirates starting pitcher Christopher threw 95 pitches before the sixth came to an end and only allowed four earned runs.

“I thought CJ had a heck of a day from the mound,” Bahnsen said of his junior.

“That is just baseball and the way it goes sometimes,” Christopher said. “We made a great run this year and we showed that our record does not indicate what kind of year we have had. I think being here has given us a new energy to want to make it back next season.”

St. Mary’s 7, Hudson 4

Hudson 000 011 2 — 4 8 3

St.Mary’s 001 114 x — 7 13 1

C.J. Christopher, Jacob Murray (6) and Izik Rodriguez. Brady Gavin, Kevin Duncan (1), Bret Barnett (6), Duncan (7) and Aaron Allsup. 2B—Brady Gavin (SM).

St. Mary’s 7, Hudson 4

Hudson 000 011 2 — 4 8 3

St.Mary’s 001 114 x — 7 13 1

C.J. Christopher, Jacob Murray (6) and Izik Rodriguez. Brady Gavin, Kevin Duncan (1), Bret Barnett (6), Duncan (7) and Aaron Allsup. 2B—Brady Gavin (SM).

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