For the second time this season, the Academics Plus baseball team escaped with a victory over Guy Perkins.
In the first meeting between the two, the Falcons (2-10, 2-6 A5-North) captured a 16-15 victory in the bottom of the seventh. Monday night, their 8-7 triumph was also won in the bottom of the seventh. Will Redwine led off the frame with a single, stole second base and went home on Ian Gates’ single. Gates was also responsible for the tying run in the fifth inning as his RBI single capped off a three-run stanza that erased a 5-4 deficit into a 7-all deadlock.
"We played better in the field and had good pitching," Academics Plus Coach Steven Tew said. "I’ve been telling the guys regionals are not out of reach."
Against Guy Perkins, the Falcons jumped out to a 3-0 lead and went ahead 4-1 before the contest was tied at 4-all. Guy Perkins went ahead 5-4 before Academics Plus plated the three runs in the fifth. A chance for more runs occurred in the sixth as the Falcons had bases loaded with no outs but couldn’t deliver. However, that meant the top of the lineup was due for them in the seventh.
"They (Guy Perkins) had a chance in the seventh," Tew said. "A guy singled and was bunted to second. Then they hit a pop up to second. I thought they might score as the next guy hit a shot that looked like it might fall in, but Redwine, playing shortstop, jumped up and caught the ball."
Redwine started on the mound and in four innings gave up four earned runs and struck out six batters. Michael Haug pitched the last three innings and relinquished two hits, three runs with none of them earned, and struck out two batters while walking one. After throwing 25 pitches in the fifth stanza, he got out of the sixth frame with five pitches.
In addition two Gates’ two singles in five at bats, Redwine was 4-of-5 with one RBI and scored four runs. Paul Sheesley was 3-of-4 with two RBI and Steven Harris, Slaton Wood and Haug all also contributed RBIs.
Last week, the Falcons had to forfeit a doubleheader to Wonderview as the games were cancelled Thursday because of the weather. Because of prior commitments by some of the players, they couldn’t field a full team on Friday. Last night, they traveled to Nemo Vista and barring anything weird happening are the five seed in the district tournament that begins Thursday at Mount Vernon where they meet Wonderview.