Giving up seven runs in the first two innings of a baseball game is not advisable, but it’s still better than giving up seven runs in the sixth inning of a baseball game. Playing their fourth game of the week the Bulldogs Baseball team looked flat through two innings of baseball, falling behind 7-0.
Junior pitcher Brandon Keith started his relief of Jordan Gourley in the second inning, and was able to stem the Independence offense enough to allow the Bulldogs bats to come alive…And they would come to life like Frankenstein’s monster.
Coming off a shutdown, 1-2-3 inning in the last of the fourth the Bulldogs bats awoke with a thunderous crack, when Tyler Nichols knocked in Bryce Hainline and Terrell Hudson with a triple to the left center wall to cut the Patriot lead down to four. After cutting that lead to three runs, Kyele Roe delivered a 2 RBI single to left with the bases juiced and two outs. Independence intentionally walked Hudson and Hainline made them pay with a 2 RBI single to center. Two batters later, the igniter of the entire inning, Tyler Nichols, would step up and hit a 2 RBI double to right-center, giving the ‘dogs a 10-7 lead.
Nichols had the best day at the plate, going 3 for 5 with 6 RBI on two triples and a double. The Hudson, Hainline, Nichols trio finished the day a combined 8 for 12 with 8 runs scored and 10 RBIs.
After the explosive 10-run inning, the Patriots cut the lead down to one in the bottom of the 5th. The Bulldogs posted 4 more runs in the 6th and 2 more in the 7th to eventually clinch a wild 17-11 victory and a season series sweep.