The Fighting Apostles pulled off a Lazerus-like comeback last week, overcoming a three-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh to defeat a solid Methodist White team 6-5.
Trailing by three runs with two on and two out, we were literally down to our last strike and ready to run up the white flag. But Erik Burton blasted a ball to the right centerfield fence for a three-run, inside-the-park homerun to tie the game. Seth Huiras followed with a double to left to set the stage for Jacob Newman’s walk-off double for the win.
Where this offensive surge came from is beyond us. To that point, over the course of two games, we had scored a meager three runs in 13 innings.
In that dramatic seventh inning, Lon Kruse doubled with one out. After a ground out, Isaac Burton beat out an infield hit to set the stage for his brother’s heroics. Except for the fourth inning, when Methodist scored five and we answered with two, the seventh was the only inning in which anybody scored.
As always, we had some defensive highlights: a diving catch by Lon in left-field for an important out and a crisp 6-4-3 double play.
Next week, we will see what drama emerges when we square off against Trinity Red at 7:10 p.m. at Babcock Field. You are invited.