Adams Central sectional baseball 5-27

The Adams Central baseball team mobs Logan Uhlman after his hit lifted the team over South Adams, 8-7, Friday night in Butler. 

After five innings Friday night, South Adams did not have a hit. 

After six innings, Adams Central trailed by four runs. 

After seven innings, the South Adams Starfires were left scratching their heads as to how they had not won the game against their rivals. 

The Jets knew they had survived for another day. 

Trailing 7-2 with one out in the bottom of the seventh, Adams Central pushed six runs across the plate in a comeback that will be debated, analyzed and argued for a long time. 

Kolten Fawbush started the rally with a walk against Owen Wanner and Ethan Brown followed with a base hit to left. After both runners advanced on a ground out, the Jets needed six runs with just two outs left in the game. 

The top of the AC lineup delivered, with a hit by Alex Currie and back-to-back walks to Blake Heyerly, who had already homered in the game, and Jaren Hildebrand. 

Knowing they had a lead, the Stars tried to get to the bottom of the AC batting order to secure the victory, but the hits just kept coming. 

Coach Brad Buckingham made a pitching change and brought in Nate Muselman to face Ryan Black with the bases loaded. Owen Wanner had pitched the entire game up to that point and struck out six. 

Black hit a 2-2 pitch up the middle past the shortstop and scored two and suddenly it was a one-run game. 

With a base open, South Adams chose to intentionally walk Trevor Currie to set up a force at any base. 

Ryan Tester pinch hit for Braysen Yergler and the Jets’ chances of winning took a big hit when he popped up in foul territory to A.J. Dull, who made an acrobatic catch in the wind.

That left the game in Logan Uhlman’s hands and he delivered, but not in typical fashion. A softly-hit ground ball to shortstop left no option but a quick toss to second to try and get Currie, but it was not in time. Meanwhile, Ryan Black never stopped running around third and the play at the plate could not be completed and the Jets were victorious. 

It was hard not to draw comparisons between the game’s ending and the heartbreaking loss suffered by the Jets’ softball counterparts the night before in Butler. 

Prior to the sixth inning, it was a tight game, with only the two-run homer by Heyerly in the bottom of the first for scoring. 

Kam Brown somehow worked around six walks through the first five innings on the mound for Adams Central and did not allow a run or a hit, but the sixth was a different story. 

Brown walked both Brady Beall and Kaden Davidson, then gave up two base hits, with Colin Subler knocking in the first Starfire run on a base hit to Heyerly in left. 

That knocked Brown out of the game and Ryan Black went to the mound and immediately got a strikeout, but the next four batters kept the line moving for the Stars and A.J. Dull’s single loaded the bases and put the Stars up 5-2. 

Kyle Minger scored on a wild pitch with Matt Steiner up and with just six outs to play with, Adams Central was going to need five runs to win. 

Wanner got two strikeouts to get out of the sixth inning and the Starfires got another run with two outs on a third Adams Central error, but fate belonged to Adams Central on this night. 

“It’s unfortunate,” said South Adams coach Brad Buckingham after the game. “I hurt for our guys, to lose like that.”

In the end, the Stars only mustered three hits against Adams Central pitching, but the Jets three errors and ten walks made it a game. 

Alex Currie ended the game 3 for 4, while Uhlman was 2 for 3. Both knocked in two runs, as did Heyerly with his first-inning bomb. 

Braysen Yergler pitched the seventh for the Jets and was credited with the victory. 

The game was again played under the threat of rain, with clouds looming throughout the night. 

The final line for Waynner was 6.1 innings pitched and seven earned runs allowed, but he pitched well enough to give the Stars a shot. 

“He pitched so well,” noted Buckingham. “He gave us a chance tonight.”

 

 

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