WINFIELD — In a back and forth contest on Tuesday, March 7, the Winfield Pirates prevailed over the West Morgan Rebels in walk off fashion to bring their record to 6-4 on the season.
Trailing 8-6 going into the bottom of the 7th, Jace Hollingsworth led off the inning with a single to left field. Brady May was then hit by a pitch putting runners at 1st and 2nd. Kyson Key moved both runners up with a sacrifice bunt to set the stage for Walt Hennicke. Hennicke came through with a hard hit ball off of the Rebels pitcher scoring both runs. A clutch single by Jarett Hosch, scored Hennicke and finalized the come back resulting in a 9-8 win for the Pirates.
The Winfield Pirates improved their record to 7-4 on March 9, with a 13-2 (5 inning) victory over Lamar County. A strong pitching performance by Hollingsworth and two big innings, in which the Pirates batted around, helped Winfield sink the Bulldogs.
After a scoreless 1st inning, the Pirates got on the board first in the top of the 2nd inning. A Declyn Morgan double down the left field line was followed by a RBI single by Hollingsworth. Blaine Bowen came in to pinch run for Hollingsworth and scored on a passed ball making the score 2-0 in favor of the visiting Pirates.
Winfield blew the game open in the 4th as 10 batters came to the plate resulting in another seven runs. Hollingsworth led off the inning with a single to left. Bowen again came on to pinch run, and after a walk to Kruz Box, both runners scored as the result of a wild pitch and a missed throw back to the pitcher. The remainder of the inning was highlighted by a RBI single by catcher Brayden McCaleb and another two run single by Hollingsworth bringing the score to 9-0.
After holding the Bulldogs scoreless in the bottom half of the inning, Winfield again batted around in the top of the 5th. Keys to the inning were a RBI single by Brady May and a deep two run double by McCaleb resulting in a 13-0 lead.
The Bulldogs managed to plate two runs in the bottom of the 5th, but it was too little too late as the Pirates cruised to victory, 13-2.
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