GIRARD — Ethan Goff’s walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh delivered the Girard Trojan baseball team an exciting 12-11 victory over Chanute on a windy Friday afternoon.
Girard was down 12-8 going into the seventh, where they brought home five runs.
“Well for a while it looked like we were searching for ways to lose, but in the end we found a way to win,” Girard head coach Steve Bever said. “In conditions like this, I was proud of them for competing throughout the game.”
Goff went 4-for-5 with one RBI. Connor Dillon blasted a four-run homer in the fifth frame to tie the game at seven.
The Trojans opened the bottom of the seventh with Matt Sabine and Caden Lallemand reaching on errors. Gage Chiartano’s loaded the bases with a single to right field. The next two batters, Brendan Schmidt and Ty Norris, drew walks, allowing two runs to score. Ethan Jahay singled home Chiartano, putting the Trojans within one, 12-11.
Schmidt would tie the game after scoring on a passed ball, clearing the way for Goff to single home Norris and Jahay to secure the victory.
Girard scored its first run of the game in the fourth inning, with Mitch Murphy scoring on a fielding error. With the bases loaded Sabine was hit by a pitch on the next at-bat, bringing home Wade Boatman. Lallemand’s sacrifice fly cut into the Chanute lead, bringing the Trojans to 6-3.
While Girard’s bats came alive late, Chanute’s offense was consistent throughout, scoring in every frame except the second, including a four-run sixth.