|Falcons come up short in barnburner|
|Written by Don Mann|
|Monday, 16 May 2011 09:29|
With 14 walks and six errors it was no work of art, but the nearly three hour loser-out ball game was epic in tension and drama – including collisions on the base paths, balks called and uncalled, a coach’s ejection, a roving strike zone, 17 runs on 17 hits and a stunning comeback.
Down 8-5 in its final at bat, Inglemoor stormed back to score four runs and Viking senior Eric Rodgers – the fifth pitcher employed by the visitors – set down Woodinville in order as the Vikings bounced the Falcons from the KingCo tournament 9-8 at WHS on Tuesday.
In a wild and wooly contest that featured nine combined pitchers, Woodinville’s Shea Donlin, who was cruising over three and two-thirds relief innings with two hits, no walks and no runs allowed, took the ball in the seventh with a three-run lead and three outs to get.
Not so fast.
Blake Wilson tripled to dead center over T.C. Florentine’s head.
Emmett Maki, removed from the game after failing to get an out in the first inning, reentered and doubled into the left field corner to score Wilson. Viking sophomore Brandon Edwards slapped a single to right – his fourth hit of the game – to move Maki to third. Then Obie Taylor scorched a wicked line drive through the legs of third baseman Sean Sellers to score Maki to make it 8-7 and put runners on first and third with no outs.
Cody Bauman came on in relief of Donlin, and was greeted by Adam Mosebar’s sacrifice fly to tie it up. Garrett Vandiver was safe on a nubber toward shortstop, and Connor Savage drilled a double down the left field line to score Taylor with the go-ahead run before Bauman retired the last two outs.
Rodgers, who pitched four innings all season, took over for Sean Howard on the hill with a one-run lead. Clarke Bader led off with a deep drive to left center that was run down by Vandiver for the first out.
Rodgers got Beau Vintertun on a grounder, and then caught Nate Wilham looking with a curve to end the marathon – and Woodinville’s season.
The Falcons finished 14-7-1 overall.
Marty Luckenbach started on short rest for Woodinville and the junior failed to get out of the first inning, issuing four walks while absorbing three Falcon errors – including one of his own. Inglemoor scored four runs in the frame on one hit.
Woodinville came right back with three runs and chased Viking starter Maki before the left-hander recorded an out.
Inglemoor’s Peter Meiusi blasted a moon shot homer off of Kalei Kovar to lead off the second to make it 5-3, yet Woodinville scored twice in the third, twice in the fourth and once in the fifth to make it 8-5 and the Vikes looked dead in the water before late game heroics.
Donlin, who took the loss, went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI. Howard pitched two and two-thirds innings, permitting one hit and striking out four, to notch the win.