In as wild and wooly of a game as you’ll see, the Valley Center Diamond Dawgs scored a run on a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth Wednesday for a 12-11 win over the Kansas Cannons. The loss snapped the Cannons three-game winning streak and left them at 8-6 for the year.
The Dawgs jumped on top with six runs in the first, but the Cannons chipped away at that deficit and tied the game in the fifth.
They scored twice in the top of the second on a double by Tory Stoffregen and a bases-loaded walk to Josh Halbert.
In the fourth, an RbI single by Halbert made it 6-3.
The Cannons loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth. Ty Kildow singled to score a pair of runs, and Halbert singled to bring in the tying run.
Valley Center seemingly put this one away with three runs in the bottom of the sixth and two more in the seventh for an 11-6 advantage.
But the Cannons came back again. They started in the eighth, when Scott Quinlan scored on a fielder’s choice that cut the deficit to four, 11-7.
Another Cannons last-inning rally tied the game in the top of the ninth. Kildow scored on a one-out single by pinch-hitter James Threw. With the bases loaded, Blaine Hashagen was hit by a pitch to make it 11-9, and Kyle Johnston followed with a two-run single to tie the game.
Valley Center loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth against Jon Murray, who pitched the last there years for the Dawgs. Murray gave up a single to Kyle Brown for the winning run.
Halbert went 3 for 4 with three RBIs. Johnston also had three hits and knocked in two runs.
The Cannons return home for a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday against Hutchinson. They play single games Sunday at Newton and Monday at Park City.