Down to their final three outs, the South Aiken Thoroughbreds pulled out a rousing victory Saturday afternoon.
Trailing Evans 8-4 heading into their final at-bat, the Thoroughbreds sent 12 men to the plate, scoring nine times for the 13-8 come-from-behind win.
“It’s not often you throw nine runs up in an inning,” said Thoroughbreds’ head coach Bob Polewski. “We got some big hits and we got some two-out hits and that’s what it takes.”
The uprising made a winner of Garrett Dragano (1-1), who worked 11/3 inning. He walked the first two Knights in the bottom of the seventh before Alex Mills came on to record the final three outs.
Garrett Wilkinson was in line for the win, entering in the third with the Knights (12-8) trailing 3-2. He shut the Thoroughbreds (7-8) down for three innings while the Knights rallied to score four fourth-inning runs and two in the fifth to take an 8-4 lead.
Wilkinson (4-3) took the loss after surrendering a leadoff double to Josh Kiser to start the seventh, followed by walks to three batters and an infield single.
With Hunter Morris relieving Wilkinson, the next three batters drove in runs on a groundout, an error, and a single. Following another single, that was all for Morris. David Rivera was greeted by Kiser singling in a run, his second hit of the inning and Preston Dawson doubled home two runs before Rivera got the final out.
“They’re chasing four and we didn’t make a couple of plays here and there and gave some freebies up and they took advantage of it,” said Evans head coach Ricky Beale.