Ninth inning is kind to GreyWolves
Gresham rallies for six runs in the bottom of the ninth to shock Kelowna
WEST COAST LEAGUE
Saturday, June 18
The Gresham GreyWolves notched their most dramatic victory in franchise history on Friday against visiting Kelowna as Ryan Rodriguez stole home to score the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning. The encore was even more riveting.
In Game 2 of the three-game set on Saturday, Gresham rallied for six runs in the bottom of the ninth to claim a 6-5 walk-off win.
We just told them to keep fighting, Gresham coach Justin Barchus said. That is the biggest thing we preach. Keep fighting for all nine innings because you never know what can happen. Its a funny game that way.
Despite trailing 5-0, the GreyWolves showed immediate signs of life when the first three hitters of the ninth singled to load the bases with no outs. Pinch runner Michael Breen got Gresham on the board by dashing home on a wild pitch, then Ty Wyatt belted a full-count offering to deep left field for a two-run ground-rule double to make it a 5-3 game.
With two outs and runners on second and third, pinch-runner Breen found himself at the plate for his first at-bat of the contest. Facing a 2-1 count, Breen ripped a hard ground ball to the left side. Falcons shortstop Brad Antchak fielded it cleanly, but rushed his throw to first. First baseman Jesse Moore pulled his foot off the bag as he stretched to make the catch. Breen was safe at first and Jeffrey Morgan crossed the plate for the winning run. Breen kept on running down the right-field line until his teammates tracked him down near the bullpen for the standard celebratory walk-off huddle.
The Falcons spoiled Greshams bid for a sweep by knocking of the GreyWolves 4-2 in a Fathers Day tilt.
Gresham opens a three-game series at Cowlitz on Tuesday before returning home Friday to host Wenatchee.
Look for expanded coverage in our Tuesday, June 21, print edition.