Malakoff defeats Eustace, move to 3-0 in district play
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tigers picked up an extra-inning walk-off victory over the Eustace Bulldogs April 2.
The Tigers got the offense started in the bottom of the first inning, beginning with starting pitcher Brandon Nations delivering a one-out single. Nations would eventually score on an RBI single to take an early 1-0 lead heading into the second inning.
The Bulldogs did much of the same as their starting pitcher, Sam Marquez had a one-out single. After adding another baserunner, William Clarke singled to load the bases with one out.
Cade Adair delivered the big blow as he drilled a three-run triple all the way to the wall to clear the bases and give Eustace a 3-1 lead. Kobe Barchardt wrapped up the inning with an RBI groundout for the Bulldogs as the Tigers trailed 4-1 after 1.5 innings.
Wes Hustead led off the inning with double for the Tigers, followed by a Jake Little walk. After two straight outs, Cole Gaddis came through in the clutch for Malakoff with a two-run single to trim the lead to 4-3. The inning would end with Barchardt throwing out a Tiger runner at the plate to keep the Eustace lead intact.
Codie Anthony reached on a throwing error to begin the top of the fourth inning for the Bulldogs, followed by a single from Adair. Ryan O’Rear knocked in another run for the Bulldogs on an RBI sac fly to make it a 5-3 game. Kole Graham picked up an RBI single and Samuel Marquez ended the inning with a two-run double to give Eustace an 8-3 lead after 3.5 innings.
The Tigers responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth and fifth inning to make it an 8-7 game heading into the sixth inning.
Malakoff finally delivered in the bottom of the sixth inning as they plated a single run to tie the game 8-8 as the two teams headed to the seventh inning.
After a scoreless seventh inning, the Tigers and Bulldogs started extra innings in Malakoff.
The Bulldogs were held off the scoreboard in the top of the eighth inning, bringing the Tigers to the plate for a walk-off opportunity.
Cole Gaddis delivered the exultation for the Tigers on a walk-off hit as the Tigers picked up the district win over the Bulldogs at home 9-8 Tuesday night.
Nathan Jones had three hits for the Tigers while Gaddis knocked in two runs with Nations not far behind with two RBIs.
The win moves the Tigers to 14-7 overall and they remain undefeated in district play at 3-0 to start the 2019 season.
The Tigers return to the diamond on the road Friday, April 5 as they take on the Mildred Eagles with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m.