PITSBURG – The Franklin Monroe summer baseball team defeated Tri-Village 13-12 with a walk off bases loaded one-out Jeffrey Hurley hit to right.
“We were behind the whole game,” said Franklin Monroe Coach Jason Aslinger. “I’m real proud of our boys for sticking with it…scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh to walk-off with the win. It was a great comeback.”
Tri-Village opened with three runs in the first, four in the second and one in the third while FM was plating two first-inning runs, and three in the bottom of the third sending the teams to the fourth inning of play with Tri-Village leading 8-5.
Neither team would dent the plate in the fourth inning but Tri-Village would add two runs in the top of the fifth to lead 10-5 with Franklin Monroe knocking in a run in the bottom of the inning to trail the visitors 10-6.
FM kept Tri-Village off the board in the top of the sixth while adding a run in the bottom half sending the game to the seventh and final inning of play.
“We did all right (defense),” said Aslinger. “We made some plays when it counted especially at the end when we needed some plays.”
Tri-Village added to its lead with two runs in the top of the seventh putting FM in a 12-7 hole coming to the plate in its final at bat.
“They are learning and we are trying to teach the game of ball,” said Tri-Village Coach Lyle Eyer. “We’re teaching just basic fundamental baseball.”
“Hopefully they can learn and go on into high school and do well for our high school team,” continued Eyer. “Keep Jim (Maples) happy and smiling too because he has done a heck-of-a-job. Our school (varsity baseball) went real far this year and we’re real proud of them.”
With a runner on third and no outs, FM took advantage of back-to-back intentional walks loading the bases followed with timely hitting to score the come-from-behind win.
Hurley picked up the win for Franklin Monroe pitching innings 1, 2 and 7 while Caden Goins was on the mound in innings 3, 4, 5 and six for FM.
“Jeffrey Hurley pitched a great final inning and also made some nice plays in the field,” Aslinger said.
FM leftfielder Kevin Bancroft went 2-2 with two doubles and three walks, Austin Would was 2-3 with a walk and Tim Lawson went 2-4 with a walk for Franklin Monroe.
“He (Timothy Lawson) is just a really excellent player,” said Aslinger. “He played a little for Franklin Monroe varsity this year. He is ineligible to pitch for us (15-year olds are not permitted to pitch in the summer league), but he is our catcher and he keeps the baserunners honest and he is a super hitter too.”
Like the Tri-Village team, the summer program is a feeder for the high school varsity baseball teams.
“We have two of our older players that played for FM varsity this year,” stated Aslinger. “We have a lot of guys with potential to go on and play in that system.”