Monday night, the Augusta baseball team put together two sold performances as the Orioles swept a strong McPherson team at home on senior night.
“We’ve been struggling at home, so for us to get this on senior night, that was big,” said Augusta head coach Doug Jefferson.
“We played well in all phases. We need to keep hitting the ball like we did tonight.”
Seven innings were not enough to determine a winner in game one, as the Orioles came out on top in the bottom of the eighth by a score of 9-8.
After five innings, it seemed like Augusta would take game one without much trouble, as the Orioles led the Bullpups 7-2.
McPherson came storming back in the sixth inning, scoring five runs to tie the game at 7. Gunnar Reis drove in the tying run for the Bullpups with two outs in the top of the sixth.
Neither team was able to score in the seventh inning, as the score remained 7-7 going into the eighth inning.
McPherson junior Chandler Wiard led off with a single in the top of the eighth. Spencer Whitfield bunted Wiard to second base. Wiard advance to third in the next at-bat. Dylan Werries followed up with a sacrifice fly to score Wiard from third and give the Bullpups their first lead of the game.
Augusta showed no signs of giving in as they headed to the bottom of the eighth trailing by one run.
McPherson pitcher Dylan Werries started the inning with a strikeout. In the next at-bat, Grady Tole reached base thanks to a McPherson error. Chance Whitehead was the next batter, and was also able to reach base due to an error, which sent Tole home to tie the game at 8 with one out.
With Whitehead at second base, Clay Wesbrooks hit the ball into shallow right field to score Whitehead and give the Orioles the walk-off victory.
Jonny Clausing led the Orioles at the plate with three hits and two RBI’s.
The Augsuta seniors were honored between games with a senior night ceremony. The Orioles have seven seniors on their roster: Trace Blakesley, Chance Whitehead, Tyler Smith, Grady Tole, Clay Wesbrooks, Colton Barnett, and Jonny Clausing.
“They have a lot of wins under their belt, and it’s not by accident,” said Jefferson.
“They’ve been around a long time. They started playing legion for me right out of eighth grade.”
Game two was another battle, as Augusta came out on top 4-2.
This time, McPherson struck first. Jakob Feil scored on a passed ball to give the Bullpups a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning . Augusta answered in the bottom of the inning with a triple by Chance Whitehead, followed by a single by Clay Wesbrooks to give Augusta a 2-1 lead.
Each team added one run in the fourth inning. McPherson’s Honestee Whittker scored on a passed ball in the top of the inning, and Jonny Clausing doubled to score Trace Blakesley from first.
In the bottom of the fifth, Augusta increased their lead to two as Jarin Jackson doubled to score Clay Wesbrooks. The Augsuta defense finished strong, shutting McPherson out in the final two innings to earn the sweep.
Trace Blakesley threw a complete game for the Orioles, giving up just three hits while striking out seven Bullpups.
“Trace threw a great game, he had one inning where he struggled a little bit, but he did what we expect our seniors to do. He took care of the problem and came out and finished the game.”
Augusta is now 10-6 on the season and will travel to Buhler Thursday, May 3 for a doubleheader with game one starting at 4:00 p.m.