Was it the greatest comeback of the season?
That was the conversation Thursday night around Centertown Recreational Park after Security Federal overcame a 14-2 deficit to disconnect Ben Lomand in Senior League action.
Security Federal scored 17 runs in the last two innings to win a thriller, 19-18.
It was all going right for Ben Lomand in the early going as the offense was operating at high speeds and crushing the ball. Dallas Roller brought a big bat to the game and he led the offense with a spectacular performance. The speedy Roller hit for the cycle with a single, double, triple, and inside-the-park HR that included him clapping as he rounded the bases.
Dalton Johnson led Ben Lomand with 4 runs scored and he blasted 2 triples. Avery Lawrence scored 3 times.
Security Federal coach Marlin Scott encouraged his team to keep fighting despite a 14-2 deficit after three full innings of play. His players listened and responded.
Jake Rains provided a jolt from his leadoff position with 2 doubles, 1 triple and 3 runs scored. Laney Copeland and Kayden Solomon also scored 3 runs each. Owen Clark was 4-for-4 with 2 doubles.
The game was tied 18-18 in the bottom of the fifth with 2 outs and Ben Lomand had a chance to force extra innings. But instead of making a routine catch on an infield pop fly, Ben Lomand tried to do some showboating and the ball popped out of the glove to allow the winning run to score.
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Holder Realty survived a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the fifth to escape with an 11-10 win Thursday night over D.C.’s Home Improvement.
It was a tight game from start to finish with Holder Realty clinging to an 11-9 lead heading into the last bat for D.C.’s. Two runs would force extra innings and 3 runs would win it.
Gracie Sadler scored a run to get the momentum started and cut the lead to just 1. Then Allie Eaton, Tabitha Potter, and Acelynn Stafford followed with hits to load the bases with 2 outs.
Tension was high as D.C.’s could win the game with a hit to the outfield, but instead it was Holder Realty first baseman Kealy Simpson making a tough play on a grounder to get the final out and preserve the win.
Holder Realty improves to 4-2, while D.C. Home Improvement falls to 3-2.
Holder Realty was able to survive a tough call at second base that was contested by coach Kevin Miller to hang on for the win. Allison Sweatman and pitcher Melina Shockley led the offense by scoring 3 runs each. Shelby Miller scored 2 runs as the top of the Holder Realty lineup did most of the damage with 8 of the team’s 11 runs.
For D.C.’s, scoring 2 runs each were Presley Bonner, Emma Carter, Brooke Wilson and Gracie Sadler.
Dr Pepper’s strong midseason run was scorched by a welding torch in Thursday night action. Anderson Welding continued its red-hot start and stayed undefeated with a convincing 23-6 win over Dr Pepper.
Anderson Welding scored at least 7 runs in all three of its at-bats as the entire lineup showed it can hit the ball hard. Scoring 3 runs each were McKenzie Scott, Zoie Wagoner, Colton Anderson, and Baylee Baxter.
Dr Pepper failed to score in the opening inning and only plated 1 run in the second as Anderson Welding showed flashy defense. Dr Pepper generated some offense in the third with runs from Tyler Crim, Paisley Thomas, Edward Watts, Riley Crocker and Remington Wells, but it was too late to overcome a flat start.
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Prater Realty & Auction stayed undefeated Friday night by stomping Security Federal, 22-2.
They call him “Rooster” and Caylon Driver certainly provided a wake-up call with his bat. Caylon was launching the ball deep into the outfield and smashed two inside-the-park HRs in the same inning.
With solid defense all over the field, Prater Realty looks like the team to beat in the Senior League.