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You are here: Home Baseball Menu / Archives Baseball Recaps Rangers Win in Walk Off Fashion Against Braves

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Rangers Win in Walk Off Fashion Against Braves

ESTACADA, OR - The Rangers were ready for this matchup. They had seen the Banks Braves last season the semi-finals. It was a tough matchup, but Estacada were victorious in a walk off base hit in the bottom of the 7th inning to get the win, 4-3.

 

The scoring started early for Estacada (4-2-1), as Senior starting pitcher Andy Avants singled. He would score on an error by Banks (3-3) pitcher Thomas Cook. Senior first baseman Levi Albrecht would walk, steal 2nd and 3rd, then slid into home safely on an error by the Braves catcher Blaine Herb. After the 1st, Estacada lead 2-0.

 IMG 4156Senior catcher Kodey James (21) holds off on his swing on a pitch.

 

 

We were then treated to a pitchers duel until the top of the 4th, when the Braves’ Hayden Vandehey walked. Casey McGough would drive him home later in the inning to cut the Rangers lead in half. We went into the top of the 5th where Banks would end up taking the lead 3-2, on a double by Blake Goble. Gunnar Partin would drive Goble in on a single, and Partin scored on a passed ball.

IMG 4169Senior pitcher Andy Avants pitched 6 strong innings in the win against the Banks Braves

Estacada tied up in the bottom of the 6th with a single by senior catcher Kodey James that would drive in sophomore Nick Keller, who came in as a pinch runner for senior designated hitter Sheridan Brady.

 

The Braves went down in order in the top of the 7th thanks to excellent pitching by reliever Lane Sittner. The magic finally happened for the Rangers. After the first two batters grounded out, Avants singled to left field. Albrecht would then send a deep drive to right for a single, allowing Avants to reach third. Senior shortshop Sam Blankenship would end the game on a fly ball to center field, allowing Avants to fly home to earn the walk off win, 4-3.

 

Avants had a strong outing on the hlll, only allowing 3 runs on 4 hits through 6 innings of work. He struck out 3 and walked 3. “I had to focus on the batter at the plate,” said Avants, about overcoming the lead change in the 5th. “Whatever happens, happens. Shake it off and focus on the next batter.”

IMG 4189Senior first baseman Levi Albrecht catching a throw at first.

 “When we came in with coach [Andrew Higgins], he told me, ‘Sam! Find the outfield.’”, Blankenship said recalling the 2 out rally in the bottom of the 7th to win the game. “‘We’re not doing anything special on the bases, just get it to the outfield.’ Everybody was talking about Scio in the dugout and it filled me with confidence.

 

“Timely hitting, baserunning, good work on the bump,” said Coach Andrew Higgins about the game. Asked about what was said in the  pep talk in the bottom of the 7th, Higgins remarked, “Send them home. Plain and simple, thats a great time to be a hitter, when you have runners on base or you’re coming up in the 7th inning. We were fortunate that the guy in center misread the ball in right field, but that stuff happens, That’s baseball.”

 

 

 

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