The Boyd Bronco baseball team, coming off its first loss of the season, was back in action Tuesday night and ready to take on the Grundy County Yellow Jackets, a team which they had been victorious against earlier in the season.
The game was a back-and-forth struggle through all five innings, but the Broncos prevailed 4-3, courtesy of a walk-off base on balls to win the game.
The win improves Boyd to 6-1 on the season. The Broncos were paced at the plate by Jalyn Mart, who went 2-for-2 with a RBI.
Isaiah Owens got the win for the Broncos on the mound, in relief, going 1.1 IP and striking out a Yellow Jacket. Starting pitcher Jace Brantley had an overall solid game on the mound as well, before being pulled in the fourth, going 3.2 innings, and striking out eight Yellow Jackets.
Neither team took advantage on the scoreboard in the first inning, as both teams couldn’t buy a hit. Grundy County got on the board in the top of the second thanks to a passed ball by the Broncos. Going into the bottom of the inning, the visiting Yellow Jackets were up 1-0.
Boyd answered in the bottom of the inning with two runs of its own when Mart hit a single past the shortstop, scoring Justin Brantley. Hayden Lytle came across to score on an error, during the same play, and the Broncos captured the lead, 2-1, going into the third.
The Yellow Jackets put up two runs in the top of the fourth, courtesy of a 2-RBI single that barely got by second base to take the lead back, 3-2. Owens came on in relief of Brantley after the hit to take the lead.
The Broncos needed an answer in the bottom of the inning, and they got one, when the Yellow Jackets made an error that allowed Mart to score from third. That tied the game 3-3 going into the final inning.
Owens quieted the Yellow Jacket bats in the top of the fifth, giving the Broncos a chance to win it in the bottom of the inning. When the bases became loaded, after Owens was intentionally walked, Dylan Legeune had a chance to win it for the Broncos. Legeune walked on four straight pitches to win the game, scoring Brady McCormack, and the Broncos won in dramatic fashion, 4-3.
The Broncos were back on the playing field Thursday at home against Cannon County, with results not available at press time. They will be on the road today in Coffee County to take on the Red Raiders with first pitch set for 5 p.m.