After seeing its dreams of bringing a Class 3 state championship home to Lincoln County washed away with the rain - and Linn's offense - on Wednesday, Elsberry's baseball squad looked to salvage a third-place finish in the Final Four Tournament when it faced another St. Louis Metropolitan Area squad in Jefferson-Festus.
Unfortunately, the same mistakes that plagued the Indians against Linn reared their ugly heads against the Blue Jays - and a late rally fell short in a 7-5 loss that gave Elsberry a fourth-place finish in state title play at U.S. Ball Park in Ozark.
Trailing 7-0 in the top of the seventh inning, Christopher Dowell drew his third walk of the game, this time with the bases loaded to drive home Elsberry's first run in two games.
Kaden Kinsler then stepped to the plate, and hit a liner that found the gap in left centerfield. The outfielder kept running - and didn't stop until he found home plate for an inside-the-park grand-slam homer that cut the deficit to two runs at 7-5.
The Indians' chances at a miracle comeback ended on the next pitch, however, as Gavin Reller popped out in the infield to end the contest.
George Stonebraker and Gavin Woodson also added hits for Elsberry. Kinsler took the loss for the Indians from the mound, allowing five runs, all earned, on 10 hits, fanning five batters while walking just one.