Nothing like leaving the victory to the last inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, Harrisonville was down 2-1 to Missouri River Valley West Conference rivals Pleasant Hill in the game May 8 at Harrisonville. But the Wildcats stepped up the plate and smashed in two runs to win 3-2.
“We struggled at the beginning of the game, but we really turned it around at the end of the game,” Harrisonville senior shortstop Tanner Foerschler said.
The Roosters scored first in the game in the top of the second inning as Tyler Crane was hit by a pitch and Kameron Gray was walked. Harrisonville got a double play with Austin Taylor out at second (in as a courtesy runner for Gray) and Lane Adams forced out at first.
But Pleasant Hill responded with a single by Kolin Rogers that drove in Crane for a run.
The Wildcats tied things up in the bottom of the fourth inning with one out as both Ben Teter and Landon Hern hit a single. Drew Williams smashed a double and Teter made it home for the score.
But Pleasant Hill got another run in the top of the sixth inning starting with a single by Crane. Gray walked, with Taylor on as a courtesy runner. Adams hit a single and Taylor was forced out at second again.
Rogers was walked, but Josh Shewmaker hit a single to send Crane home to give the Roosters a 2-1 lead. Blake Greufe hit the ball next, but Shewmaker knocked over Harriosnville second baseman Kyle Hix as he was going for the ball and was called out.
There was some controversy next as the umpires discussed the play and decided that Shewmaker should be ejected from the game. But the Roosters responded with three quick outs in the bottom of the inning.
In the top of the seventh, Pleasant Hill had two runners on base, but Crane’s fly ball to right field was caught. Gray was walked again, but Adams hit a pop fly to Foerschler to end the inning.
Harrisonville started out the bottom of the inning with walks by Jake Cooper and Hix. Then Foerschler smashed a single to send Cooper home and knot the score at 2-2.
“Well originally I was going to bunt and get them over for Devin (Delmont) to score them both, but he got down in the count so he let me swing away,” Foerschler said. “I was faking like I was going to bunt, but I was all in and I was swinging away.”
Delmont was up next, but Pleasant Hill put a new pitcher on the mound, Garrison Fields. Delmont singled anyway, sending Hix home to end the game.
“I wasn’t trying to do much, it was tied,” Delmont said. “I just tried to get a hit and get them in. I didn’t know what to think. It was my first walk off.”