Marion C. Early baseball missed its chance to claim a fourth consecutive district championship when the spring 2020 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Panthers, though, stayed the course in 2021, powerering past Jasper and Ash Grove to claim the Class 2 District 8 title.
Marion C. Early entered the district tournament as the No. 1 seed.
The Panthers beat Jasper 6-1 on Monday, May 17. They beat Ash Grove 12-3 on Tuesday, May 18.
MCE faced Marionville on Monday, May 24, falling 5-4 in eight innings to the Comets during state sectional play.
Liberator baseball is out of the postseason.
Bolivar fell 5-1 to Marshfield in the Class 5 District 5 quarterfinal on Tuesday, May 18.
The Liberators ended their season 12-9.
No. 1 seed Willard beat Marshfield 12-3 to win in the title game on Saturday, May 22.
Fair Play High School baseball ended its season 16-9 after falling 6-0 in the Class 1 District 7 title game to Weaubleau on Wednesday, May 19.
The Hornets, who entered the tournament seeded second, had a first-round bye, then beat Wheatland 7-5 in the semifinal.
Weaubleau had been seeded first and beat Halfway in the semifinal round to advance to the title game.
The Cardinals beat Humansville 10-0 in the Class 1 District 7 quarterfinals before falling 12-0 to Weaubleau.
Halfway had lost to Humansville in the third game of the season. The Cardinals also beat Fair Play during the regular season.
Halfway ended its 2021 campaign 7-14.
Tiger baseball showed success in 2021 but ultimately ended its season below .500.
Humansville fell to Halfway in the district semifinal. Its 2021 record stands at 5-14-1.
The Tigers own regular season wins over Fair Play and Halfway.
Pleasant Hope started its 2021 campaign strong but wasn’t able to keep up with Conway in the Class 3 District 12 quarterfinal, falling 5-4.
The Pirates finished their season with a 16-9 record.
Pleasant Hope was 9-2 across its first 11 games.
Conway fell to Fair Grove in the semifinal round. Skyline won the district.