The Little Cypress- Mauriceville Bears (23-12) put together a four run seventh inning rally to send the Class-4A Regional area around against the Buda Hays Rebels (26-1) into extra innings Tuesday night. Stefan Leger cracked a 4-4 tie plating Tim Barry for the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win winner-take-all playoff bout 5-4 at Texas A&M’s Olsen Field in College Station.

Buda Hays went into the playoff round against LC-M touting 21 game winning streak. The Bears, who fell behind early 4-0, went seven innings scoreless before erupting at bat to end the season for the Rebels. The Bears advance to face Brenham in the Region III quarterfinals.

LC-M pitcher Shane Waddell hammered out 114 pitches through all but part of the seventh inning shutting down Buda Hays in two extra frames.

Buda Hays scored two runs in the top of the first inning on a two run double with runners at first and second. The Bears fought back but ended the first outing scoreless with runners on first and second. In the top of the third the Rebels upped the score 4-0 on a two run homer. They held onto the lead until the Bear’s final time at bat.

In the bottom of the seventh Thompson reached first on a base hit. Wade Estes was walked. With runners on first and second Scott Vaughn nailed a RBI single for the Bears first score of the contest. The Bears loaded the bases and with two outs and a full count Leger doubled to score Wade Estes and Scott Vaughn. With runners at first and second Stefan Cloren’s hit down the third base line scored two runs for the Bears, tied 4-4, going into the eighth inning.

The Rebels failed to score in the top of the eighth inning against Waddell who had been relieved by Dallas Brown half way through the seventh inning. Brown came back in the decisive ninth inning.

Tim Barry singled to left field and stole second on a wild pitch. Leger brought him home for the 5-4 victory.

Playing at home and winning the third and decisive game of their first-round in the playoffs, 4-2, over the Crosby Cougars last Saturday, the LCM Bears earned the right to return to Olsen Field, where they played Joshua in early April.

 The Buda Rebels had defeated the Waller Bulldogs in two games, 8-3 and 10-3 to get a shot at the Bears.  Chris Maldonado was the winning pitcher in both games, and Sam Breyfogle, credited with saves in both. Bear followers may find the Maldonado name familiar.  Chris was a first team all-state 4-A football selection for the 2008 season as a defensive lineman.

 In Saturday’s win over Crosby, Tim Barry hit with power. He pitched with finesse and fielded with grace. Shane Waddell and the others of the Bear nine provided the support needed to assure the victory.

 Barry led off the Bears first at bats with a home run to deep left and followed that with another in the 4th, this one over the right field fence.  He drove in all four of the Bear runs.  As if that weren’t enough, he pitched the first four innings, holding the Cougars to two runs on four hits. Waddell pitched the last three scoreless innings, and ended the game with an impressive strikeout.