Warriors complete comeback with run in extras, 7-6
BELTEDâ€”Bellmontâ€™s Thomas Mitchem (right) blasts a hit to left field during the Bravesâ€™ visit to Woodlan on Friday night. Despite hitting a solo homerun in the third, Bellmont lost to the Warriors in the ninth inning, 7-6. (Photo by Dylan Malone)
WOODBURN—In the battle of two teams struggling for wins, Woodlan snuck out a home victory on the strength of a ninth inning wild pitch that scored the Ben Schwartz from third base for a 7-6 Warrior victory.
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Schwartz, a freshman, was not even supposed to bat in the game as he was simply a pinch runner for junior Garrett VanBrocklin in the bottom of the seventh inning. When the Warriors managed to tie the game with a run in their half of the seventh, VanBrocklin could not reenter because he had already been subbed for twice.
With one out in the ninth, the frosh took up a bat and hit a grounder to short stop where a streaking Parker Zeser could not get a handle on the ball and Schwartz was safe at first. Rolling the dice, Woodlan tested the arm of Jimmy Sheets behind the plate and stole second base.
A wild pitch moved Schwartz to third and then four pitches later, another ball in the dirt got past Sheets and rolled to the fence ending the game abruptly sending the Braves home with a disappointing loss.
"We had 'em and let 'em slide in with a victory," BHS coach Ben Fawbush noted after the game. "No one or two players can blame themselves for the loss. We left too many men in scoring position and too many men on base."
The Braves, now 2-4, left 12 runners stranded in the game including the seventh inning when they left the bases loaded. Woodlan, 2-10, left nine runners.
Parker Zeser started the game for Bellmont going three strong innings allowing just two hits but Woodlan scored three runs, two in the first and one in the third. An error at second base allowed Jared Emenhiser to score from second and then an RBI groundout by VanBrocklin was the cause of the second run two batters later.
In the third, a lead-off walk to Shawn Kitzmiller led to the sophomore scoring eventually on a groundout by Rick Ehle.
Bellmont scored one in the top of the first when Collier led off the game with a single and was moved over by a hit and run groundout by Brett Baker. Thomas Mitchem singled in Collier for the run in the next at-bat.
Two more crossed in the second when Jordan Hilyard was hit by a pitch and scored when Parker Zeser reached first on an error by the second baseman. Tyler Fenwick would then score as well on a Collier sacrifice bunt making it 3-2 Bellmont after two innings.