EXTRA-INNING THRILLER: Greenwave score 3 in 9th to down Opp

Published 12:05 am Saturday, May 4, 2019

The Opp Bobcats put up a strong fight, but fell 8-5 in extra innings to the Gordo Greenwave on Friday night in the first game of the third round of the Class 3A baseball playoffs in Opp.

Gordo’s Drew Porter opened up the game with a triple on the first pitch of the game.

Cabel Mullenix followed with a single to give the Greenwave an early 1-0 lead.

Taylor Duffell then got the next batter to strikeout for the first out of the game.

After the strikeout, C. Mullenix moved to third on a passed ball.

Rhett Mullenix then drove in his twin with a sacrifice fly to right field to put Gordo up 2-0.

Duffell then got the next batter to ground out to Lane Ballard at shortstop for the third out.

In the bottom of the first inning, Logan Ross reached first after the Gordo second baseman committed an error.

Ross moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Ballard.

Jesse Coon moved Ross to third with a single and then a single from River Day put the Bobcats on the board.

After one inning of play, Gordo was on top 2-1.

Gordo’s pitcher Nate Mullenix popped out to Ross to start the top of the second inning before a single from Josh Darling gave the Greenwave a runner on first.

Following an error and a walk, Gordo loaded up the bases with one out.

Porter drove in Darling with a sacrifice fly to put the Greenwave on top 3-1.

Gordo got another run off of an error before Bobcat catcher Cody Walsh threw out a runner attempting to steal third for the third out of the frame.

Case Short reached off of an error to start the bottom of the second inning.

Trey Spurlin followed with a double to the gap in left center field that chased Short home from first.

Gordo then got the lead runner out on a fielder’s choice and then picked off the runner at first to clear the base paths.

It would prove to be a big moment for the Greenwave as Brady James followed with a triple.

Ross then cut the Gordo lead down to 4-3 when he drove home James with a single to right field.

Duffell got the first batter to fly out to Dalton Grider in center field and then struck out the next batter for the second out.

R. Mullenix picked up a two-out single, but Duffell got a ground ball to end the frame.

In the bottom of the third inning, Coon ripped a pitch to shortstop, but the Gordo player made a great play for the first out of the frame.

The Gordo pitcher struck out the next batter before Grider drew a two-out walk.

The walk wouldn’t come back to bite them as N. Mullenix got the next batter to fly out to end the inning.

After three innings of play, Gordo held a 4-3 lead.

Duffell really began to settle into a groove as he worked a perfect top of the fourth inning with a line out, ground out and a strikeout.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Walsh reached off of a one-out error to start things for the Bobcats.

James followed with a single, but the Bobcats were unable to bring either player around to score.

Duffell hit a batter with one out in the top of the fifth inning to give the Greenwave a runner.

Duffell got the next batter to ground into a fielder’s choice for the second out.

The next batter hammered a double to right field, but Short got the ball in quickly and kept the runner from scoring.

Duffell then came up with a big strikeout to end the frame.

The Bobcats’ first batter of the bottom of the fifth inning struck out before Day got things going with a single.

Grider drew a walk to moved Day to second, but the next two batters popped out to center field to end the inning.

After five innings of play, Gordo was still on top 4-3.

Gordo got a double from B Capps to start the top of the sixth inning and then moved him to third with sacrifice bunt.

Darling then cashed in the runner with a single to center field.

Trey Boutwell took over for Duffell on the mound and struck out the next batter for the second out of the inning.

After giving up a walk, Boutwell got the next batter to ground out to James for the final out.

Walsh got things going for the Bobcats in the bottom of the sixth inning by reaching off of an error.

Jackson Pierce came into run for Walsh and he moved to second on a single from James.

Ross moved Pierce to third with a fielder’s choice, but Ross was thrown out at second base.

Pierce then came around to score off of an error.

Ballard kept things going for Opp when he was hit by a pitch.

Coon drew a one-out walk and then a single from Day scored Ross to tie the game 5-5.

The score remained 5-5 until the top of the ninth inning when Gordo was able to push across three runs off of two single and a double.

Opp couldn’t get much going in the bottom of the ninth inning as they fell 8-5.

Game two was not compete at the time the Star-News went to press, but Gordo was on top 2-0 in the first inning.

If Opp loses, the series is over. If Opp wins game two, game three will be played today at noon.