(Wenatchee, WA)…Most of Tuesday’s game at Recreation Park looked like an upset in the making. Eastmont erased an early deficit and played add-on as the Wildcats led Wenatchee 3-1 heading into the bottom of the 5th. But some late-inning heroics by the Panthers helped Wenatchee to a 4-3 walk-off win. Eric Granstrom had the play-by-play on the NCWLIFE Channel.
Wenatchee and Eastmont locked up in a classic baseball game at Recreation Park last night. Wenatchee grabbed the early lead on a long ball after Eastmont flashed some leather in the bottom of the first. Devon Schneider made an incredible, diving catch on a ball hit by Ben McKay for the second out of the inning. Wenatchee’s Ronin Haynes followed with a blast off Eastmont starter Jared Garland over the wall in right field to give the Panthers a 1-nothing lead.
Eastmont tied it in the second on a Duncan Favor sacrifice fly, RBI to score Jacob Schmitten. The Wildcats would take the lead the following frame on a bases-loaded, RBI single by Jack Kuske. Eastmont added another run in the 4th on an RBI single just inside the third-base bag to score Favor and put the Wildcats in front 3-1.
Wenatchee cut the lead to one in the 5th when Mikey Thomas delivered an oh-two pitch to right-center to score Dalton Thomas to make it 3-2 Eastmont. Then came the 7th.
Thomas led off the inning with a sharp single over the mound to center. Eastmont coach Brandon Schmitten decided to lift Garland and bring in Hunter Brawley to finish the game. The next batter, David Snyder, followed with a fielder’s choice as Thomas Murphy was able to field the grounded ball off Snyder’s bat and flip to shortstop Kuske to get the lead runner. Brawley then struck out Mikey Thomas and the Wildcats were one out away from snapping a four-game losing streak to the Panthers. But Wenatchee had other plans on senior day.
Ben McKay worked a 2-2 count, fouling off three pitches before crushing a ball deep to left field. Eastmont left fielder Duncan Favor made an incredible run to try to make a catch but the ball seemed to glance off his glove and trickle to the wall. That allowed Snyder to score to tie the game at 3-3. After a walk to Haynes, Keegan Romig stepped up and stung an oh-one pitch to right field to easily score McKay from third for the walk-off win 4-3. Romig also did his damage on the mound, pitching three innings of one-hit, no-run ball to earn the victory.
The win secured a #2 seed heading into the post-season for Wenatchee and a little breathing room heading into Friday’s doubleheader with Eastmont at Dan White Field.