INGOMAR – A bloop single has Ingomar sitting at the top of its division following a wild 14-12 win against Myrtle on Tuesday night.
In a 31⁄2-hour game that saw 15 errors, Austin Sanders’ bloop single in the sixth gave his Falcons the lead for good.
That made it 11-10 after Myrtle took a one-run lead in the top. The lead swapped six times.
Myrtle had 11 of the errors but ended the game with the bases loaded.
Ingomar improved to 16-4, 7-0 in Division 1-2A with three games to play. The Falcons swept Myrtle, which falls to 12-7, 6-2 in second place.
Ingomar tied the score on the final Myrtle error and scored insurance runs on Joseph Broom’s two-run double and a triple from Chance Maxey.
“That was about like going to a three-ring circus,” Ingomar coach Andy Wilbanks said. “We did a good job in the sixth getting a few timely hits.”
A fourth Myrtle error aided the Falcons in the third. A pair of bloop singles from Dylan Speck and Cade Hall and the Falcons led 3-1.
The wildest play of the game followed. Matt Browning lined out to Taylor Hogue at short but three throwing errors lead Speck and Hall home.
Sanders (7-1) pitched the final inning for the win in relief of Tyler Dowdy, back for the first time in a month with a broken hand..
“We knew coming into the game this could determine whether we win division or not,” Sanders said “It was crazy.”
Myrtle’s big inning came in the top of the fourth as it plated six.
Two walks and an error loaded the bases before Brandon Jordan walked to score a run. Syd Beasley drove in two on a double and Austin Floyd another on a single. Anthony Lipsey had an RBI single for a 6-5 Hawks lead. Brandon Perkins’ added a fielder’s choice for a 7-5 lead.
Lipsey’s two-run triple in the sixth tied it at 9. Riley Clayton’s sac fly gave the Hawks a lead.
“We just had way too many mistakes,” Myrtle coach Robert Gordon said. “That was uncharacteristic of us to make that many mistakes. But overall, if you make that many and actually have a chance to win, it’s just a hard fought game.”
Clayton (3-2) took the loss for the Hawks.