O'FALLON — The William Woods Owls fell to the Lyon College Fighting Scots 15-8 in an elimination game Thursday in the American Midwest Conference Tournament at CarShield Field.
William Woods finishes the season with a 24-17 record, going 2-2 in the conference tournament.
The Owls led 5-3 through three innings and 8-7 through six, but the Fighting Scots pulled away with a five-run eighth inning, adding three more runs in the ninth.
William Woods finished the game with a pair of home runs, both coming in the third inning. Isaiah Gibbs led off the inning with a solo shot to right field and Kamron Morriss added a two-run blast to left field for the Owls, who scored four runs in the inning.
Alex Wimer led the Owls at the plate, going 4-for-5 with three singles, a double and three RBI. Morriss also finished the game with three RBI.
Gibbs, Bryson Matthews and Alex Owens each added two hits for William Woods, which was outhit by Lyon 18-14.
The Owls used seven pitchers in the nine-inning game. Brock Glavey was the starting pitcher, giving up three runs in three innings while walking one and striking out one.
William Woods went 1-1 on Day 2 of the tournament Wednesday. The third-seeded Owls lost 16-2 in seven innings to second-seeded Missouri Baptist, then kept their season going with a walk-off 10-6 win in an elimination game against No. 8 Hannibal-LaGrange.
Missouri Baptist scored four or more runs in three innings to win by run-rule, outhitting William Woods 19-4. Hunter Hill, Treyton Steffler and Carter Mize each homered for the Spartans.
The Owls scored both runs in the top of the first inning. Marcus Gonzalez scored on Gibbs' RBI single to center field and Easton Wallace drew a bases-loaded walk, scoring Gibbs to give William Woods a 2-0 lead.
Gibbs had two singles, while Wallace and Wimer each had one.
Dylan Hansen took the loss for the Owls, allowing five runs on seven hits in two innings.
Down 6-1 through seven innings against Hannibal-LaGrange, William Woods rallied with nine unanswered runs to extend its season another day.
Chase Gibson and Gibbs hit back-to-back homers in the eighth to make the score 6-3.
In the ninth, Jake Fleming hit an RBI single, then Matthews drove in two runs with a single to right-center field, tying the game at 6.
After an intentional walk to Gibson, Gibbs stepped to the plate and hit a walk-off grand slam to left field to win it for the Owls.
Gibbs finished the game 3-for-4 with five RBI to lead William Woods. Matthews also drove in two runs.
Glavey was credited with the win, retiring both batters he faced to end the top of the ninth. Ryan Long pitched the first 3 innings for the Owls, giving up five runs on eight hits with two walks and one strikeout. Andrew Fyffe followed with five innings of relief, allowing one run on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
Graysan Peneston (South Callaway High School) was the losing pitcher for Hannibal-LaGrange, as he tried for his 10th save of the season.
Top-seeded Columbia College will play Missouri Baptist for the tournament championship — and an automatic berth to the NAIA national championships — at noon today.