The Pirates lost a high scoring, wild affair in the first game Sunday against Fort Scott. The Greyhounds took the win in walk-off fashion after coming from behind in the final inning for the 15-14 victory.
Going into the bottom of the 7th, the Pirates clung to a slim one run advantage. Pitcher Ryan Sport quickly lost that lead and Fort Scott loaded the bases with one out looking to capture the win. A slowly hit ground ball went to second baseman Quinsley Balentien who made an excellent play to cut down the runner at second base. Shortstop Enrique Madera's return throw to first in an attempt to complete the double play, which would have sent the game into extra innings, was just a shade late and the winning run crossed the plate. "I still believe that we turned that double play," commented Coach Hillerman who was ejected at the conclusion of the game for arguing that call.
"This game didn't lack offense. It was nice to see us swing the bat that well. Now we just need to tighten things up on the mound and in the field. You don't win many games when you give up 15 runs," remarked Coach Hudlow.
The Pirates broke through with a come from behind win in the second game of the double header on Sunday. Trailing 7-4 heading into the final inning, sophomore Ryan Sport started things off with a single. From there, hitters kept grinding away to get to the next guy. That approach proved fruitful with the Pirates scoring 4 to take an 8-7 lead into the bottom of the 7th. Freshman Trae Brownell was able to keep the Fort Scott offense at bay to secure the win.
"Early in the game we looked mentally fatigued. Our pitchers threw great but we still gave up 7 runs due to mental lapses. I was very proud of the way our guys were able to respond and come from behind for the win. That showed a no-quit attitude that should benefit us in the future," commented Coach Suttenfield who managed the team with Coach Hillerman serving the mandatory one-game suspension for his earlier ejection.
Trae Brownell earned the win in relief. Brendley Martina had a nice game at the plate going 3-4 with a homerun, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI's. Pinch hitter Austin Satterfield also had a big double in the comeback inning.