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Govs rally to win in 11 innings

2/12/2016

But a wild pitch gave Wallace new life. After trailing much of the game, the Govs were able to score two runs in the bottom of the ninth, and a base loaded walk in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Govs a 6-5 victory.

            Things unfolded this way. With his team up 5-3, Andrew closer Chandler Raiden struck out the first two batters he faced before things began to unravel. John Wesley Ray drew a walk, and B.J. White connected for a double to the left center field gap, putting runners at second and third base. With Devante Dixon at the plate, Raiden uncorked a wild pitch. Ray scored easily, and when the catcher was unable to locate the ball, White scored all the way from second base. That tied the game at 5-5 and sent the contest into extra innings.

            Wallace had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the 10th inning. Austin Garrett singled, and Mason Robinson doubled over the center fielder’s head. However Garrett was thrown out at the plate while attempting to score.

            In the bottom of the 11th, Andrew Balis quickly got the first out for the Tigers but then he ran into trouble. Balis walked Ray, gave up a single to White, and then another single to Dixon to load the bases. The Tigers then brought in pitcher David Flowers to induce a ground ball. Instead he did just the opposite. On four straight pitches, Dixon walked Bryce Delevie to force in the winning run.

            “This was a big win for us,” Wallace coach Mackey Sasser said. “We had a lot of chances to win the ball game, but it seemed like every time we had runners in scoring position, we hit line-drives right at their guys. We left a lot of runners on base today,”

            “All of their runs scored as a result of walks or errors. But this is not baseball weather. Its 30 degrees out here with a 20 mile per hour wind. Things will get better for us.”

            Andrew Howell pitched the last four innings for the Govs and earned the win. Howell didn’t give a single hit and struck out six while walking one.

            Wallace starter Derrick Sylve gave up two runs in the top of the first inning to Andrew to giving the Tigers the lead. But an RBI single by Joey Bend in the bottom of the first and an RBI double by Ray in third tied the game. Rey Gonzalez also hit an RBI single in the third to give the Govs a 3-2 lead

            The Tigers added single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to take the 5-3 lead that held up until the ninth inning.

            With the win, the Govs are now 3-1 on the season. The Govs will host Enterprise State Saturday at 4 p.m. at Westgate Park in the Hits for Heroes game.

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            On Tuesday afternoon, the Govs swept a double header from Abraham Baldwin. The Govs won the first game 7-6 and the second game 5-4.

            In the first game, Hunter Hood got the win, while Joey Bend was 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.

            In game two, Jacob Milton came on in relief to earn the win. Parker Stephens was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs, Rey Gonzalez was 2-for-3  with a double. Tra’mayne Holmes hit the game-winning home run in the top of the seventh.

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