By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
HOUSTON – The deciding game of this series better have something good in store. Because Saturday’s game offered plenty.
Houston beat Amory 3-2 in nine innings to force a third and deciding game in the Class 4A first round baseball series. Game 3 is scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m. at Amory.
“Crazy, just a crazy game. That’s a heck of a team. We just happened to catch a couple of breaks in the end,” Houston coach Scott Gann said. “The heart of these kids. They kept grinding and giving that relentless effort we like.”
Houston (23-5) starting pitcher Kyle Wilson singled to open the ninth off Amory starter Destin Hahn. Amory brought Collin McCrory from the pen. Two walks later – an intentional to leadoff Peyton Callahan – and a wild pitch scored the winning run.
Amory (24-6) had loaded the bases three times late and failed to score. Hahn (6-2) had a no-hitter through 52⁄3. He struck out nine.
Houston broke up the no-hitter with two outs in the sixth when Austin Burdine’s pop got lost in the sun and fell on the infield.
“We got out of that one, but they battled, scrapped and found a way to win. I thought we did a good job except we had three opportunities to win the ballgame we didn’t take advantage of,” Amory coach Chad Williams said.
down to final out
Down to its last out in the seventh, Houston’s Sharone Wright slid safely into first. Houston loaded the bases on a dropped strike three and another infield hit from Denver McQuary. Callahan singled in a run and Hahn walked in the tying run.
“Senior year, you’re going to give it all you’ve got. You don’t want this to be your last game,” Wilson said.
Amory took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. With two on and two out, Tanner Poole popped straight up on the infield, but four Toppers converged as the ball fell and two scored. Wilson (8-1) struck out Daniel Simpson with two more in position to end the inning.