In the regular season finales for both teams, the Rose Bud Ramblers scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to shock the West Side Eagles 11-10 on the home team’s Sr. Night.
Rose Bud went up 5-2 in the third frame after West Side scored first, adding insurance in the fourth frame before the Eagles rallied back with six scores in the final inning to go up 8-7 before freshman Dalton Gorham doubled and stole home to force free baseball, leading to West Side freshman Jared Cothren being walked and scoring on sophomore Matthew Beck’s single, giving the Eagles the lead back.
Junior leadoff hitter Dalton Hall was hit by a pitch to start the bottom half of the eighth for the Ramblers, coming in on a base knock RBI from junior Keaton Hambrick to tie matters up once more. West Side took their final lead after senior Chandler Moran drew a walk and stole second, third and home on a fielding error. Rose Bud struck right back on a double from Hunter Niece, who was called safe on a sliding advance to third, beating out the tag by inches.
Dayden Sherwood made his mark on the contest with a sacrifice fly to bring home Niece, as Hall was hit by a pitch and made it all the way to third, setting the table for sophomore Dugan Jones, who came up in the clutch delivered a two-out heat seeking shot to left field to send the team and fans home happy.
The win moved the Ramblers to 7-17 on the campaign, dropping West Side to 10-10. Both teams switched gears towards postseason play, with Rose Bud taking on Episcopal Collegiate at 4:00 yesterday and the Eagles squaring off with Bradford yesterday at 3:00.