Despite being shorthanded, the Raiders seemed like they were going to coast to a win Monday night against the Ovilla Thunder.
A six-run first inning almost held for the Raiders, but they found themselves trailing 7-6 heading to the final half-inning. But they got the 8-7 win thanks to a pair of clutch hits and remained undefeated in the Waxahachie Youth Baseball Association 10U league.
After leading most of the game, the Raiders saw that lead disappear as the Thunder had eight straight batters reach base in the top of the third to take the lead.
Despite needing just two runs to win, the Raiders were starting the bottom of the inning at a disadvantage. With only eight players, their No. 9 hitter was an automatic out. The No. 9 spot led off the inning, giving the Raiders just two outs to work with.
Austin Reed got a one-out single to left to start the rally. He then stole second and scored the tying run on a single by Casey Kelly. Kelly advanced to second on the throw home and stole third. After a strikeout, Connor Watson batted with a chance to win the game. And he did just that with a bloop hit to left field that just fell out of the reach of the Thunderís diving shortstop.
This game didnít look like it would come down to the wire like this after the Raiders had a 6-1 lead after the first inning.
The Thunder scored in the top of the first thanks to a one-out single by Jude Calvery and then a double by Trace Dickey.
The Raiders responded by seeing nine of their 10 batters in the bottom of the first reach base.
It started with a walk by Reed. He then stole second and scored on a single to right field by Kelly to tie the game at one.
Clyde Melick walked and stole second. The throw to second got into the outfield allowing Kelly to score and moving Melick to third. Watson then turned on an inside fast ball and hit it off the top of the wall in left field for a stand up double. He came around to score on a double to the right-center field wall by Dontae Edwards. Jace Robinson and Luke Villarreal drew walks to load the bases. A strike out and an out for the vacant No. 9 spot brought Reed up again. He reached on a single to right field to score Edwards and keep the bases loaded. Kelly then drew a walk to score Robinson and reach the six-run limit and take a 6-1 lead.
Reed showed his dominance on the mound in the second as he got all three outs via the punch out. The Raiders got the bases loaded in the second, but a nice play at first by Cameron Whatley held them scoreless in the inning.
Ovilla mounted its comeback in the third. With one out, Calvery drew a walk and stole second and third. He scored when Dickey chopped one in front of the plate and Calvery just beat Reed to the plate. Two straight walks loaded the bases for Calvin Chancellor. Chancellor ripped a double to left to score two runs and make it 6-5. Two more walks loaded the bases then Steven Bell unloaded them with a two-run double to take a 7-6 lead as the Thunder reached the six-run limit.
The win by the Raiders got them to (8-0) and they will look to finish the summer undefeated when they take on the Giants (4-1) at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at Robnett Field at the Optimist Fields. The Thunder (5-2) will take on the Rangers at 6 p.m. Monday at Henry Curry Field.
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