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Extra-inning thriller
Kirby beats General Equipment
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It’s still early in the boys 11-12 senior league season, but Kirby Real Estate and General Equipment may have already played the best game of the season.
Kirby Real Estate ended General Equipment’s unbeaten season with an 11-10 win in extra innings Thursday night at Dottie West Field.
It took nine innings and nearly three hours to decide a winner, but Dillon Young’s ground ball allowing Jalen Haston to score proved to be the difference in the bottom of the ninth.
Kirby Real Estate, which improved to 2-2, had the answers all night every time General Equipment looked poised to continue its winning ways.
When T.R. Dyer and Lane Jones provided run-scoring hits to put General Equipment up 7-4 in the top of the sixth, Carter Mansfield and Dalton Bates evened it up by driving in runs for Kirby Real Estate to send the game into extra innings.
General Equipment took another three-run lead in the eighth inning when Jones hit a two-run double to score Dyer and Crockett Walker and Dakota Gibbs followed with an RBI double of his own. Kirby Real Estate would fight back though.
After Brady Willis knocked in Mansfield and Logan Thomason with a clutch two-out double, Kirby Real Estate got some help to keep the game going. Dallas Green struck out with Willis at third base, but a dropped third strike gave the team new life. Green raced to first, beating the throw as a slight bobble allowed Green to reach and Willis to score the tying run.
Young took the mound in the ninth and worked a quick inning as he forced a line out to first base and struck out the final two batters. He would have the chance to be the hero moments later.
Haston drew a walk to reach base in the bottom of the ninth, then Logan Young followed with a single that put runners on the corners. Logan Young would move up on  a steal, leaving Dillon Young a chance to drive in the game-winning run with a hit.
Dillon Young got the job done when he hit a roller to second and Haston made it home for the game-winning run.
Dillon Young earned the victory, pitching the last two innings after Parker Dixon and Mansfield combined to pitch the first seven for Kirby Real Estate.
Mansfield and Thomason led their team with three hits apiece, including RBI hits in the first inning when the team scored three runs. Dixon, Willis and Logan Young finished with two hits each while Dillon Young’s lone hit was the biggest.
Walker took the loss for General Equipment as he pitched the final three innings. Jones pitched the first six innings and struck out 10.
Walker, Jones, Dyer, Gibbs, Kadin Davenport, Ryan Cothren and Clay Eckenrod each had hits for General Equipment.
The loss by General Equipment opened the door for Haston’s Collision to take over the top spot in the standings. Haston’s Collision did so by beating Barr’s Furniture 6-1 Thursday night.
Lucas Scruggs helped Haston’s Collision to the victory by pitching four innings and striking out nine while allowing only one run on two hits. Scruggs also led his team with two hits.
Haston’s Collision did all its damage at the plate in the third inning as the team scored six runs. Riley Cope began the rally by drawing a walk and coming around to score on a single by Scruggs. Benjamin Clark followed with a single of his own, followed by a run-scoring double from John Ross Rosari.
Haston’s Collision would keep rolling as Ethan Cowan and Isiah Rutledge brought runs across with singles. Cope completed the rally with a double as Haston’s Collision went ahead 6-0.
Barr’s Furniture scored its lone run in the fourth inning when Hunter Adams singled and scored. Adams finished with both his team’s hits.
Andrew Palmer took the loss for Barr’s Furniture as he pitched three innings before being relieved by Adams.
Barr’s Furniture fell to 0-3 with the loss while Haston’s Collision improved to 3-0.