Bay City Western Baseball wins Thriller in District Final

Warriors win 10 inning contest 3-2 against tough Midland High squad

Posted In: Sports, Local Sports,   By: Thomas Baird

05th June, 2016     0

The Bay City Western baseball team won a instant classic game on Saturday in the District Final at Midland High School.   The Warriors won a 10 inning thriller 3-2 with many sub-plots playing out through out the game.    Western playing its second game of the day after a rather easy 7-1 win over Midland Dow in the first semi-final game would need all of the magic to pull off the intense game. 

On a perfect day weather wise to play another highly anticipated match-up with another traditional powerhouse team.   The Warriors would get on the scoreboard after falling behind 1-0 in the first inning.   In the top of the fourth inning Hunter David who singled would score on a Nick Dardas rbi single and then would come home on Brandon Wise sacrifice fly.   The 2-1 score would hold until the bottom of the seventh inning. 

Midland batting in the bottom of the 7th inning would load the bases which forced Western coach Tim McDonald to bring in his ace pitcher Jason Clark.  Starting pitcher Brandon Wise pitcher a whale of a game keeping the Chemics in check with only one run through 6 innings.    Clark promptly walked the first batter to drive in a run.   This tied the score at 2-2 with no outs and the bases loaded.   One could collectively here the Warrior faithful hold their breath.

The Warriors and the Chemics both have been known to play small baseball and use the bunt to score runs.  Many thought that this would be a perfect time to lay down a bunt and win a District Championship.  However that didn't cross Midland's mind and swung away.   They quickly recorded three outs to get Clark out of the mess and send the game into extra innings.    Midland's ace Jordan Patty limited the Warriors to two runs through nine innings and was forced to leave the game with 10 innings  pitched on the day.

Jason Clark lead off the 10th inning with a clutch single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Hunter David.     Midland recorded two move outs and set the stages for Brady Leppek.   Leppek shot a gapper to right center and the center fielder mad a great attempt to catch the ball but got by and Leppek had an rbi triple.    That would be all for Bay City in the top of tenth inning to lead 3-2.   Clark mowed them down in the bottom of the 10th inning and then the celebration started for the Saginaw Valley Champions.   The 35-3 Warriors mobbed Clark out on the mound and then quickly went over and congratulated the Chemics on the classic battle they both had just been through.

The Warriors now move on to the Saginaw Valley State University regional next Saturday and start with the Lapeer High School team at 10:00a.m.   They have faired well against them this season.   Midland finished their fine season with a 33-7 record.


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