Pangburn third baseman Mac Myers belted a three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, lifting the Tigers over Salem on Tuesday in 2-2A Conference action at Pangburn City Park.

Pangburn third baseman Mac Myers belted a three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, lifting the Tigers over Salem on Tuesday in 2-2A Conference action at Pangburn City Park.

The Tigers, who hammered out 34 runs in consecutive wins over Cedar Ridge and Tuckerman, trailed the Greyhounds 2-0 after the first inning and 5-2 through five frames before battling back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth – setting the stage for Myers’ heroics.

Batting in the five-hole, Myers led the Tigers all day, finishing 3 for 4 with three RBI and two runs scored.

“Everybody in our lineup one through nine has hit a home run this year except for him,” said Pangburn Coach Cody Whitworth. “So for him to do that is big for him number one. Today he was smooth with his swings and he came up clutch right there. It was obviously huge for us.”

Whitworth hopes the win will catapult the Tigers as they approach postseason play.

“It was a great win. We came from behind. We haven’t had many of those late in the game and we haven’t had any seventh innings come from behind wins. This is huge for us going into district and hopefully regionals,” added Whitworth.

Salem appeared to be on cruise control behind left-handed pitcher Kyndal Smith, who struck out eight and surrendered seven hits until the seventh, when Chase Hopkins led off with a double to the alley in right center.

After catcher Zach Anderson was hit a by a pitch, designated hitter Brady Anderson sent a sharp ground ball that appeared to be headed into right field until Salem second baseman Jeremy Brown made a diving stab and threw to first base for an out.

With the Greyhounds leading 6-4 and runners at second and third, Myers’ three-run shot sent the Pangburn crowd into jubilation, while leaving Smith and the Salem crowd stunned.

Salem nearly broke the game wide open in the top half of the seventh as Smith reached on a two-base error and scored on first baseman Austin McCollum’s RBI single, which followed a base hit by shortstop Jesse Kinder.

With the bases loaded and Salem leading 6-4, Pangburn relief pitcher Alec Bourgeois retired three straight, including two by strikeout to keep the Tigers within striking distance.

“That was a great job by Bourgeois going ahead and throwing strikes right there and being able to get out of the inning and minimize damage,” said Whitworth. “That gave us some confidence because we have put up 34 runs in the past two games and a three-run lead or two run lead doesn’t scare us as much. That was huge defensively and a great job by Bourgeois on the mound.”

Hopkins pitched the first five innings for Pangburn, scattering five hits and striking out five. Hopkins found a groove after the top half of the first, when Salem scored two runs on three hits.

Smith, who helped his cause on the mound by pacing Salem’s offensive attack, led off the first with a single and scored on an error. McCollum followed with an RBI single up the middle.

Trailing 2-0, Pangburn sliced its deficit deficit in half in the bottom of the third as shortstop Mickey Ivey laced a double than skipped against the wall in center, then Hopkins lifted a high fly ball that fell for an RBI single in shallow left field.

With two outs in the top of the fourth, Salem responded when Smith launched a three-run home run over the left field fence.

Down 5-1, Pangburn scratched across a run in the bottom of the fourth as Brady Anderson worked a walk and Myers singled, pushing Anderson into scoring position. Bourgeois sacrifice-fly moved Anderson to third.
With two outs, Myers stole second drawing a throw that trickled away long enough for Anderson to score from third, trimming Salem’s lead to 5-2.

After taking over for Hopkins to start the sixth, Bourgeois struck out two, including an inning ending double play in which Zach Anderson helped by gunning down McCollom trying to steal second following a strikeout.

The Tigers clawed back in the game with two runs on two hits in the sixth, starting when Myers belted a double deep down the left field line. With two outs, second baseman Hunter Poe reached on an error that extended the inning and allowed Myers to score.

Center fielder Austin Smith delivered an RBI single to right field that scored Poe, who stole second to get in position for the run. Smith also swiped second, but Salem’s Smith notched a strikeout to preserve the Greyhounds’ 5-4 lead, which dissipated in the sixth and seventh.

Smith finished 3 for 4 with three runs and three RBI to pace the Salem, which dropped to 3-6 in league play. McCollum (3 for 4 with an RBI) also produced three hits for Salem.

Following Myers’ stellar performance, Hopkins was 3 for 4 with an RBI and run scored. Ivey (1 for 4 with a run), Bourgeois (1 for 2) and Smith (1 for 3 with an RBI and run) each collected a base hit for Pangburn (8-6, 6-4), which defeated Salem 12-7 on the road earlier this year.