Saints survive elimination against Govs
The LBWCC Saints kept their season alive with a 6-5 victory over Wallace-Dothan in the Region 22 tournament in Ozark on Monday.
Jed Carter got the start on the mound for the Saints, and punched out the first three batters he faced.
In the top of the second, the Governors took a 1-0 lead when Josiah Sullivan drove in Alex Gay with a sacrifice fly to left field.
The Saints loaded the bases in the bottom of the second with two outs, but a strikeout ended the inning.
Charlie Spencer led off the bottom of the third with a single, and Brandon Smith drove him in with a sacrifice to tie the game up at 1-1.
The Saints took the lead when Darius Baldwin was awarded home when Governors’ pitcher Kirk Maddox balked.
Blake Grill added to the Saints’ lead in the bottom of the fourth when he drove a ball out to deep center. The ball sailed over the outstretched glove of the Governors’ center fielder and rolled all the way to the wall, allowing Grill and Michael Mims to come around to score on the inside-the-park home run from Grill.
The Governors scratched back in the top of the fifth when Mason Robinson drove in two runs with a double, and the Governors trailed the Saints, 4-3.
In the top of the sixth, the Governors tied the game up, and took a 5-4 lead.
Carter was replaced on the mound, with one out in the top of the sixth by Josh Dewrell.
After giving up two hits in the top of the sixth, Dewrell cruised through the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, only allowing one base runner.
In the bottom of the ninth, Trey Matherson lead off with a double into the left center gap, and a walk and error loaded the bases for the Saints, who trailed by one.
With one out, Grill drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the contest, 5-5.
After a strikeout left gave the Saints two outs, Brandon Cobb drew a walk to give the Saints a 6-5 walk-off win.
Dewrell picked up the win on the mound for the Saints after replacing Carter in the top of the sixth inning.
Grill lead the way for the Saints at the plate going 3-for-3 with home run, three RBIs and two walks.
The Saints’ season came to end the following game when the Saints fell 12-10 to Wallace-Hanceville.