Sweets come back from a 3 run deficit to take game 2 against the Ridgefield Raptors
All appeared lost for the Walla Walla Sweets during West Coast League baseball action Sunday night at Borleske Stadium.
Visiting Ridgefield scored three tie-breaking runs in the top of the ninth inning to take a 7-4 lead.
The Raptors were three outs away from securing their second win in as many nights against the home nine.
The win improved the Sweets second-half record to 9-11 and overall mark to 27-20.
Ridgefield’s Michael Hicks knocked in the first run of the game with a one-out, third-inning single.
Walla Walla responded with an ace in the home third. Ryan Johnston singled with one out and raced to third on a Patrick Caulfield double. Cesar Lopez followed with an infield hit that scored Johnston.
Zac Berryman was hit by a pitch to start the last half of inning four. Vitt walked, and Connor Cirillo moved the runners up with a bouncer to third. Johnston lined a single that brought both Berryman and Vitt home and gave the Sweets a 3-1 lead.
The Raptors’ Grayson Sterling tied things up with a two-out, two-RBI double in the fifth and Jack Bauer gave Ridgefield a 4-3 edge in the sixth with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Sweets reliever Jake Dahle and Ridgefield’s Drake Estes shut out their respective opponents in both the seventh and eighth innings.
But in the ninth, Jake Dahle allowed a two-out, two-run single to Michael Yourg and Willie Cano singled for a run against Nick Irwin to give the Raptors what appeared to be an insurmountable 7-4 lead. Irwin, a.k.a. Bones, struck out Dominic Enbody to end the inning.
Cameron Repetti, who set the Sweets down 1-2-3 in the ninth inning Saturday night to earn the save in a 9-8 Ridgefield triumph, walked Brock Ephan to start Sunday’s last of the ninth. Pinch-runner Connor Lemma went to third following back-to-back singles by Caleb Farmer and Chazz Martinez. One out later, Vitt towered a Repetti pitch into the right-center alley that tied the game at 7-7. Vitt hustled to third on the play on an errant throw home by Raptors’ second baseman Wyatt Hoffman.
“I just saw a slider out of his hand and drove it the other way,” Vitt said. “I haven’t hit a ball like that all summer.”
Dean decided the outcome on a 1-0 pitch that he bounced through the box and into center.
The rubber game of the three-game series is Monday night at 6:35.
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