Jesse Jones knew exactly what pitch he wanted. When it came floating in, he knew it was all over.
Jones had the walk-off single in the Morrison senior league championship game, lifting Farm Bureau to a 13-12 victory over Homeland Bank.
“I was looking for an inside pitch I could poke over third,” said Jones. “The left fielder was playing deep and I knew I couldn’t hit it that far and the third baseman was up. I got a little bit too much of it, but I was relieved when that runner jogged in from third.”
The late-inning heroics capped a massive comeback by Farm Bureau. The group entered the night needing two wins over Homeland Bank to take home the championship trophy.
They got them both.
Farm Bureau breezed through the first game, winning 19-9 in five innings. Tyler Pomales led the way in the opening victory, reaching base four times, including a lead-off triple in the fourth when his team built a 17-1 lead.
The rematch remained tight throughout.
Farm Bureau seized control in the fourth inning, putting up eight runs to swing ahead 11-4. Caleb Newby highlighted the offensive outpouring with a two-run double, while Rebecca Bain – later named the Director’s Choice top female in the league – had an RBI single.
The lead nearly held, but Darren Reeder had different ideas.
With Homeland Bank down to its last out, Reeder blasted a two-run, inside-the-park home run to knot the score at 12-12.
After a single, Farm Bureau made a controversial decision. The group decided to intentionally walk Mason Vaughn, leading to the umpires to head to the rule book. Because a female was on deck, the ruling was made that both Vaughn and Mya Hodges were awarded walks.
A lengthy discussion followed, but ultimately is was a moot point as the next batter popped out to the pitcher was the bases juiced.
Braxton Fitts set up Jones’ final swing by reaching on a lead-off single, then moving around on a pair of sacrifices. All that was left was for Jones to be the hero with two outs.
Following the game, Homeland Bank pitcher Lucas Scruggs was named the Director Choice top male player.