PITTSBURG — With the game tied at 6-6 and the time limit coming into play, Phalen Law scored three times in the top of the fifth inning to move past Millers 9-6 and remained unbeaten Wednesday at Jaycee Ballpark in Don Gutteridge League action.
After the go-ahead run came across on a Tincaps’ passed ball to break the tie, Phalen Law’s Scotty Russell knocked a two-run single into center field to add insurance and cushion the lead to 9-6. The Blue Wahoos held Millers scoreless in the bottom half of the fifth to seal the win with the time limit coming into effect before the sixth inning could start.
“That was the ballgame, and he’s been getting those big hits for us the last three games,” Phalen Law head coach Bryan Mahnken said of Russell’s single. “He’s really come along and has been doing a good job hitting the baseball. That was huge and a big part of the ballgame.”
The Blue Wahoo offense started early and scored often, plating six runs in the first three innings to take a three-run advantage, 6-3.
Phalen Law left-handed starting pitcher Ben Boekhout had a day at the plate as well, driving in two runs in the first inning on an inside-the-park home run to left-center field to give the Blue Wahoos the initial 2-0 lead.
Up by a pair of runs in the third, Boekhout singled to the opposite field for another RBI to push the Phalen law lead to 5-2.
A sacrifice bunt from L.J. Butcher in the next at-bat brought in a second run in the inning to make the score 6-2.
Millers chipped away at the lead, cutting it in half with an unearned run scoring in the bottom of the third on a Blue Wahoos’ error on the infield.
The Tincaps came all the way back to tie the game up at 6-all with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth.
After a leadoff double from Jesse Stover and a walk by Trevor Stover, a throwing error by Phalen Law to third base ended up in left field to allow both base runners to cross home plate.
Caleb Blancett — who reached on an error — scored the go-ahead run from third base in the fifth for the Blue Wahoos on a passed ball.
After Butcher drew a walk, Russell’s single in the following at-bat cemented the win for Phalen Law.
ON THE BUMP
Boekhout started the game for the Blue Wahoos and went three innings, giving up three unearned runs on two hits, five walks and three strikeouts.
Shay Mahnken finished out the game for Phalen Law, throwing two innings and allowing three unearned runs on two hits, three walks and a pair of strikeouts.
“Shay and Ben both have pitched a lot in the past, and it’s huge to be able to have both of those guys come in and pitch in these kind of games,” said Bryan Mahnken.
Trevor Stover started on the mound for Millers, going three innings and allowing six runs, five earned, on five hits, three walks and two strikeouts.
Jesse Stover finished out the game, pitching two innings and allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits, two walks and a strikeout.
Lucas Davis is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on twitter @LDsportswriter.