Saturday was a beautiful day for baseball – and if like you drama in your baseball – fans got plenty at Ball State University.
In a rare event, all three games on the day were decided in the bottom of the 7th inning.
The opener saw Monroe Central win 5-4 over Tri-Central; Elwood then did the same scoring the winning run on a wild pitch to defeat the Trojans, 11-10; then the Bears scored 7 times over the last two innings to defeat the Panthers 12-11.
Against Tri-Central, Derek Goodman was pitching and hitting Monroe Central to a 4-1 lead. He threw 5 innings allowing 3 hits, one unearned run, walking two and fanning 4. At the plate, Goodman was 2-for-3 and reached base all 3 times, collecting 2 RBI’s along the way with a double.
In the 6th, Tri-Central took advantage of a couple errors, a pair of passed balls, and some seeing eye singles to tie the game at 4-4.
In the bottom of the 7th, Brady Jones led off with a single, Seth Wilson was hit by a pitch, and Logan Conklin singled to left to score Jones and give MC the 5-4 win.
Wilson was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI’s, Jones was 1-for-4 with 2 runs scored, and Cody Mieth, Nick Cox, and Noah McCollum each scored a run.
Conklin picked up the win holding the Trojans to just a 7th inning single.
Game two for the Bears saw Elwood score in the first – but after Wilson was hit for the 2nd time on the day, Conklin singled followed by an RBI sac fly from Wyatt Snyder and an RBI single from Mieth.
Elwood went up 7-2 in the 3rd with a 6-run inning only to see the Bears slowly climb back into the game. Jones led off the bottom of the 3rd with a solo shot to one of the deepest spots in the BSU park, and Snyder had an RBI single driving in Wilson who had walked to make it 7-4
The Panthers added 4 more in the 4th to go up 11-4 before Mieth threw 2 scoreless innings facing only 7 batters and Wilson struck out 2 in the 7th to hold Elwood and eventually get the win.
In the 5th inning, Snyder crushed his 2nd home run of the year to right field to make it 11-5. In the 6th, Casey Conatser hit a double off the wall and scored on Goodman’s single. Nick Cox was hit by a pitch, Jones reached on an error, then Wilson had a 2-run single, stole 3rd and scored on an errant throw to make it 11-10.
In the 7th, Conatser reached on an error, Goodman collected a 1-out single, Cox laid down a bunt single to load the bases, then Jones was walked to force in the tying run. Wilson then collected his 2nd hit of the game sending Goodman home with the winning run.
A double play in the 4th limited damage done by Elwood and a diving catch by Cox in left field saved a run in the 5th.
Snyder was 2-for-2 with 3 RBI’s, and a pair of steals to pace the Bears. Wilson was 2-for-3 with 3 runs, two RBI’s, and a pair of steals, Jones was 1-for-4 with his first home run, Conklin singled, scored and stole a base, Mieth was 1-for-4 with an RBI, Conatser doubled and scored twice, Goodman was 2-for-4 with 2 runs and RBI and reach base 6 of 7 at-bats during the day. Cox was 1-for-3 with a run.
The Bears have opened the year 3-0 and will be on the road Tuesday at McBride Stadium to face Seton Catholic and Wednesday will play at Yorktown.