HURRICANE, W.Va. - Cabell Midland leadoff hitter Jacob Beahrs said he's a better golfer than baseball player.
For at least one moment of his baseball career, the senior was the most important player on the field.
Beahrs singled to right field to score Cole Tilley from second base in the top of the eighth inning as the Knights ended Hurricane's season for the third time in the last four years with a 1-0 victory in the Class AAA Region 4 semifinal Monday at Lola Meeks Memorial Field.
The Knights (22-10) advance to Wednesday's Region 4 championship game at Winfield, which upset Logan 5-0 in the other regional semifinal.
Cabell Midland was successful in one chance where Hurricane (25-4) was not in several - taking advantage of a mistake.
Tilley reached base with one out in the top of the eighth with a bunt and an overthrow of first base by Hurricane sophomore pitcher J.T. Rogoszewski. Following a groundout by No. 8 hitter Eric Wooten to Rogoszewski - his sixth assist of the game - Beahrs slapped a 1-0 pitch into right field. With two outs, Tilley scored easily from second base.
"I almost didn't give Cole the bunt," said Cabell Midland Coach Tracy Brumfield, Tilley's stepfather. "Somebody made the comment, 'You guys bunt.' I said, heck with it, I'm going to bunt him.' I was thinking, 'Right now, we're not hitting the ball.'"
Beahrs said his hit, which wasn't quite a line drive but wasn't quite a bloop single either, came as a result of him fighting off a pitch.
"Bloop drive," Beahrs said. "That's a drive for me.
"He had me all game on that curveball and slider outside. I think it was a slider outside. I just fought it off. I was fouling everything off straight back and away the whole game. I finally got my foot down and happened to dink it out there."
In three previous at bats Beahrs, a .256 hitter with just seven RBI entering the game, was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
However, he managed to face 17 of Rogoszewski's 95 pitches, fouling off four.
"I was looking to be aggressive and get that runner in," he said. "He (Rogoszewski) owned me all day. He struck me out twice and I grounded out to first. It feels good that my baseball career isn't over. All of my emotion came out, I was going crazy when we got the last out."
The Knights' opportunities were few and far between. Cabell Midland had one other runner reach second base - on a one-out double by junior Seth Kinker in the fourth inning.