Bears overcome errors late in the game to capture walk-off win
by Dennis Sharkey
The Oskaloosa Bears got a walk off win last Thursday over Immaculata 8-7.
The Bears had given the game away in the top of the seventh inning thanks to two big errors by infielders.
The Bears had led for much of the game until the top of the fifth inning when they let a 3-1 lead slip away.
Oskaloosa starter Levi Wade started the inning by walking the first two batters. The next batter hit a ground ball to short stop Adam Bowser but a wild throw allowed a run to score and put runners at second and third with still no outs.
The Raiders got lucky again as a pop foul off the bat of the next batter was dropped. One pitch later a bunt was dropped down and Wade threw the runner out at first base. Before making the throw Wade froze the runner at third base but the runner at second ran anyway. The Bears had the runner hung up but he was able to get back to second base safely.
Wade got the next batter to strike out but the first baseman lined an 0-2 pitch into left field to score the tying run. The next batter hit a ground ball through Bowser’s legs to drive in the go ahead run. Wade struck out the last batter to end the inning.
With one out in the bottom of the inning Wade got on base after being hit by a pitch. Wade stole second and tied the game on a well placed ball to left-center field off the bat of Garrett Noble.
Bowser came up next and hit into a fielder’s choice but stole second base and grabbed the lead back for the Bears on a single past the short stop from Braden McGinnis.
The Raiders came back in the sixth and got the lead off man on board with a four-pitch walk, but Wade got the next batter to strike out. The next two batters each got hits and the bases were loaded with only one out.
Wade got a ground ball on the next batter and a good throw home forced the runner from third into an out. Wade got anther ground ball but it found a hole on the left side and the game was tied. The next batter also hit a ground ball but this time it found the glove of a Bear infielder.
The Bears’ sixth inning started out good with a walk to the lead off batter but the eight and nine hitters struck out and Wade was retired on a ground ball.
Wade, who went the distance, gave up a hit down the right field line to start the seventh but got pop outs from the next two batters. However, errors at first and second base allowed the Raiders to plate two runs and take the lead.
In the bottom of the seventh the Bears got their first two batters aboard and an error on the second baseman loaded the bases for Alberto Rodriguez. He struck out.
The next batter hit a ground ball to the first baseman but the throw was dropped by the catcher and the Bears were within a run with runners at second and third with one out.
The next batter, freshman Bryce Stottlemire, hit a ground ball to the first baseman. He took the ball to the bag but this time his throw was late and Bowser again tied the game.
Oskaloosa’s Dylan VanHoutan for the third batter in a row hits another ground ball to the first baseman. This time he bobbled the ball and the throw was late to the pitcher covering and the winning run scored.
The Bears dropped the second game 10-4.
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