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JACKETS' LATE COMEBACK STUNS CLEAR FALLS, 11-9

Jackets' late comeback stuns Clear Falls, 11-9

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The Alvin Sun | 4/23/2018

PHOTO CREDIT: Prentice C. James

After watching Clear Falls overcome a late deficit here three days earlier, the Alvin Yellowjackets delivered their own rally magic to knock off the now district co-leading Knights 11-9 Friday in League City.

The win dropped Falls into a first-place tie with Friendswood in the 24-6A baseball standings. Alvin (8-16 overall, 3-7 in district) produced its second biggest inning of the season with the previous being a 15-run outburst at Dickinson April 3.

The Jackets trailed 9-3 entering their final at-bat in the top of the seventh inning, but sent 12 batters to the plate and exploded for eight runs.

“We’re young, but this team never gives up. That’s one thing you can always count on,” Alvin head coach George Banda said. “They play Yellowjacket baseball.”

Logan Ptak (double) and Charles Gordon (single) sparked the seventh-inning comeback with RBI hits and after Jerran Schiller reached on an error, Spencer Ouellette’s two-run double to right field cut the gap to 9-7. Carson Keithley was retired by reliever Evan Lingo on a grounder for the second out, but Travis Phelps and Paul Kindervater followed with back-to-back run scoring doubles to tie it at 9.

Kindervater then scored the go-ahead tally for Alvin, when Austin Hinson’s fly ball was misplayed in left field for an error and Noah Webb drove in Hinson with a single to left for an 11-9 lead.

Jonathon Pascale led off the Falls’ seventh with a bunt single towards second base, but Kindervater retired the next three hitters, coaxing Tanner Blackwell’s game-ending grounder back to the hill. Blackwell had slugged a grand slam homer for the Knights during an eight-run third inning.

Ptak (three hits and four RBI’s) also went deep for Alvin with a solo blast in the fifth after smacking a two-run double in the second.

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