That all went out the window with the umpire's convened and decided Smith had swung in the process of being hit and called it a strike. He flied out to second for the final out of the inning, much to his and the Varnum coaches' displeasure.
Down by nine, they decided to walk Verden's Colten Hargrove, whose RBI single ended the fourth inning rally. That left the bases loaded with two outs, and Verser obliged with a shot between third and short to score Patterson and end the game.
The Tigers lost 6-3 in the regional semifinal, meaning they play today at 2 p.m.