Not taking advantage of those opportunities hurt Magnolia early, but with the bases loaded in the seventh Tanner Hanna struck for a single that scored the tying and winning runs off Notre Dame's Jordan Miller.
"We knew that kid was getting tired and he was throwing a lot of balls," Hanna said. "We were just waiting for the right pitch and waiting for him to throw a strike."
Marozzi said sometimes the best team does not win and that Cisar told him as much after the game.
"We've won 20 ballgames for the last three years," he said. "Our expectations were to come down here and win. Coach Cisar just told me we're the better team. We got into the seventh and our pitchers couldn't throw strikes and that is what ultimately cost us the game."
Magnolia will play Charleston Catholic in the championship game at approximately 1 p.m. today. The Blue Eagles are seeking their third state championship and are 2-2 all-time in state title games. Today's championship game will be their first in Class A after winning Class AA titles in 1989 and 2006.
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