Vogel, Knights down Central in walk-off
WHERE THE BIG BOYS PLAYâ€” Adams Centralâ€™s Conner Lengerich (left) fires a throw to first after fielding a groundball at Parkview Field Wednesday night, while Cody Crump looks on from second. The Jets lost a heart-breaker to the Norwell Knights, 4-3. (Photo by Dylan Malone)
FORT WAYNE— The Fort Wayne TinCaps welcomed both Norwell and Adams Central to Parkview Field Wednesday night for a chance to play on the big stage in a non-conference, cross county battle.
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In the bottom of the seventh, Norwell first baseman David Vogel broke a tie in walk-off fashion with a single to right field scoring Nathan Allison from third base easily ending the game 4-3 in favor of the Knights.
Central had their chance in the seventh when Conner Lengerich laced a two-out double down the third base line but Norwell hurler Alex Hunter got Hunter Bates to fly out to end the threat. Hunter went the distance scoring a complete game win striking out seven and walking one while allowing three runs on five hits.
After two scoreless frames, Adams Central broke open the scoring in the top of the third when Carter Sharp legged out a bunt to first base. After a Lengerich walk, Bates reached second on an error at short scoring Sharp and moving Lengerich to third. Lengerich would score the next play on a single to right from Cooper Hill giving AC the 2-0 edge.
In the bottom half, Norwell would even things up with a pair of runs as Reggie Hayes started the frame with a triple to the left-centerfield wall. He scored on a sacrifice fly to right field from Brandon Burch.
With two outs, the Knights got three consecutive singles from Allison, Hunter, and Logan Dettmer leading up to a bases loaded walk for Zach Kintz that tied the game. AC starter Luke Liter would buckle down and get a ground ball to end the threat without further damage.