On Friday, April 5, the Forney Jackrabbit baseball team found a way to win a wild and wacky extra inning game over Mesquite Poteet. The final score was 9-8 in 12 innings. By the way, this game lasted for 4 hours.
With this victory, Forney improves to 15-7-1 overall and 8-0 in District 13-5A play. Poteet falls to 13-10-1 overall and 4-2 in District 13-5A play. Forney is currently on an 11 game win streak.
More importantly, according to Head Coach Jason Farrow, this victory over Poteet clinched a playoff berth for the Jackrabbits. This will be the Jackrabbits 25th playoff appearance in the last 28 years.
In this game, the score was tied at 8-all as we headed to the bottom of the 12th inning. In the 12th frame for the Jackrabbits, Addison Haley began things with a single to center. Then, Landon Ervin executed a beautiful sacrifice bunt to move the runner to 2nd base. Then, a wild pitch by Poteet pushed the runner to 3rd. Finally, Brenden Williams came up and delivered under pressure with a RBI double to left to win the game for Forney.
Now, let me hit the rewind button and tell the readers how we got to that unbelievable and satisfying ending.
In the first inning, Forney took an early 1-0 lead when they scored a run via a Poteet error. But, then Poteet battled back as they plated 3 runs in the second and 2 in the third to build a 5-1 advantage. These runs for Poteet came home via a RBI Triple to Center by Jacob Gordon, a RBI single to center by Michael Buckley, a RBI single to center by Adam Byrd, a RBI Sacrifice Fly to center by Jackson Huber, and a wild pitch/passed ball by Forney plated another run for the Pirates.
However, Forney fought back as well. In the bottom of the 3rd, Nate Fitzgerald smacked a RBI double to center to cut Poteet’s lead to 5-2. Then in the bottom of the 5th, Forney got another huge hit from Nate Fitzgerald in the form of a 2 RBI single to right which brought Forney to within 5-4.
But Poteet would add a run in the top of the 6th on a heavily debated balk call which was assessed to a Forney pitcher. So, now the score was 6-4 in favor of Poteet.
However, in the bottom of the 6th, Forney got a RBI single to left from Riley McMurren and a RBI infield single from Tyler Dickey. These two hits tied the score at 6-all.
In the top of the 7th, Poteet took a 8-6 lead on a 2 RBI double left by Jacob Gordon. So, now Poteet was three outs away from victory. But Forney would not go down easy. In the bottom of the 7th, Forney plated two runs via a Poteet error and a Poteet wild pitch respectively to tie the game again at 8-all.
This game had some solid defensive plays too. For example, Forney executed a perfect relay 8-4-2 combination to nail a Poteet runner at the plate in the top of the 4th. During this sequence, the Poteet batter had hit a triple to center-field but he decided he was going to try to score while he was running the bases. But Forney’s defense had other ideas. Also, in the top of the 10th, a potential Forney wild pitch was turned into a great defensive play when Landon Ervin hustled back to the back stop, picked up the ball and fired it to reliever Will Morgan who tagged out the Poteet runner at the plate who was trying to score.
On the mound for Forney, Cesar Eguia started and battled for 4 innings. Then Chandler Odom took over and put together 2+innings of good work. Then, Will Morgan came in and fought hard for 3+innings. Finally, Campbell Anderson worked the 12th and final inning. Anderson was credited as the winning pitcher of this game when Forney scored the winning run in the bottom of the 12th.
Wow, what a game!!! It is always fun to defeat Poteet!!!