One night after winning their first conference game in over two years in walk-off fashion, the Madison-Grant Argylls won their third straight contest, and their second straight walk-off, on Tuesday night, defeating the Eastern Hancock Royals by a score of 7-6.
The Argylls scored single runs in the first and second frames to take an early 2-0 lead, before the Royals tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the third. The Argylls regained their two-run advantage in the bottom half of the third frame, but the Royals again had the answer, plating three runs in the top half of the fourth to go up 5-4.
Madison-Grant continued to battle, tying the game once again with a single run in the home half of the fifth, but the Royals broke the tie in the top of the seventh, setting up what would be another thrilling finish.
“You could see it in their eyes – they had that never say die attitude,” Madison-Grant Head Coach Scott Haley said. “We loaded the bases with nobody out. Clayton Powell had a great at-bat…and then Dylan Brooks, our senior, got down 0-2, and then on the next pitch he just ripped a single up the middle to score [Dillon] Sneed from second and Hasty from first. It was another exciting walk-off victory.”
Dylan Brooks was excellent at both the plate and in the field. Along with his game-winning, two-run single, he made a strong diving catch to keep Eastern Hancock from adding to their lead in the fourth frame, which put the Argylls in a position to win in the last of the seventh.
“He cheered his teammates on when he was sitting down, and then he comes up huge tonight,” Haley said. “Our last two years, we didn’t have that upperclassmen leadership, and he showed it tonight. I’m so proud of him.”
In the last two seasons, the Argylls won a total of three games. In 2019, they’ve won four, and are looking to add to that total.
“I feel really good,” Haley said. “I want to stay cautiously optimistic. We have still lots of things to work on, but man, they are working hard. This team is staying together, and when you talk total team, this is it. It’s getting there.”