“It ain’t over ‘till it’s over” – Yogi Berra.
The T-Wolves did nothing but play poor defense for four innings while mustering only two hits as Nevada Union had rung up seven runs in the same number of innings and the outlook was bleak. In fact the Woodcreek squad was buried under 10 runs worth of dirt by the top of the fifth and it looked as if the only thing left was the eulogy for the home squad as they struggled to escape the mercy rule. Then, in the bottom of the fifth, the Woodcreek nine began to rise from the dead. Somebody forgot to tell Nevada Union that, though buried, the Wolves were still alive and being embarrassed was not something they would suffer without a battle.
Deciding that looping swings for the fence were not as effective as simply leveling the fat part of the bat on the ball, Woodcreek started digging out of the hole they crawled into. In the fifth Wade Brill started things off with a single, Brandon Raposa wore a fastball to reach, and Shaun Mize singled to load the bases. Austin Hagarty followed with an RBI single, and Kyle Dixon hit a sacrifice fly for another RBI. Mark Smith got beaned in the back and Stephen Nogosek, with two outs, a 3-2 count, and runners in motion, cleared the bases with a double. Five runs had scored as Woodcreek began their rise from the depths.
Nevada Union tallied one more in the top of the sixth to reach their eleventh run before the T-Wolves came up in the bottom of the frame. Woodcreek scored two more as Kramer Sutey singled and Wade Brill doubled him home. Shaun Mize slapped another single sending pinch runner Dennis Olsen to third and a wild pitch brought Olsen home. Score: Woodcreek 7 Nevada Union 11.
In the seventh frame Nevada Union was held scoreless, a rarity in this game, and Woodcreek capitalized with vengeance. Mark Smith singled, Stephen Nogosek doubled, Devin Astor walked, Kramer Sutey followed with a walk, Wade Brill hit a sacrifice fly, and Shaun Mize bunted as the Nevada Union third sacker launched the ball into opposing bullpen in effort to nip the speeding Mize…four more score and we’re tied up, the Wolves had risen and brought a nasty attitude that comes with eating a huge serving of dirt.
The game continued into extras and Nevada Union appeared stunned but determined. In the top of the eighth inning they threatened as the bases were loaded with one out but reliever Stephen Nogosek snuffed the threat dealing a strike-out to end the inning and further the Woodcreek momentum.
The bottom of the eighth started with a shot directly at the center fielder for an out. Jay Standen came to bat and promptly took a fastball that knocked his helmet off to reach first. Stephen Nogosek followed with a single that sent Standen speeding to third. With runners on first and third and one out, the N.U. skipper decided to load them up with a walk to Tyler Milani setting up a double play with Kramer Sutey at bat. Bad move. Sutey took a good, controlled, level cut at a fastball and sent it to the green in left center as Standen raced home with the winner.
In a word – AMAZING. A four inning train wreck, that looked like euthanasia would at least be an honorable option, followed by another four innings of 12 run resurrection and victory in the end. Woodcreek 12, Nevada Union 11.