Recently, the Madison-Grant Argylls have made a habit of winning games in the final frame.
They defeated conference foe Frankton, 3-2, in the bottom of the seventh back on Monday. The next night, they scored two runs in crunch time to defeat the Eastern Hancock Royals.
And after falling behind on Wednesday evening against Tipton, the Argylls once again looked poised to tie or take the lead in the seventh inning, but their furious rally fell just short as the Blue Devils came away with a 7-6 victory.
The Argylls trailed by four runs in the top of the seventh frame, but scored three runs to make it a one-run contest. Nick Evans started the rally with a single, Cole Hasty walked, and Brayden Street nearly hit a three-run home run, but the ball fell just short of going over the fence.
Street eventually made it to second base with two outs, but a hard-hit liner from Justin Moore was snagged by Tipton pitcher KJ Roudebush, thwarting the Argylls’ comeback bid.
They might not have gotten the win on Wednesday, but the Argylls are continuing to play some of their best baseball in recent memory.
“Again, we saw a lot of effort and a lot of heart,” Madison-Grant Head Coach Scott Haley said. “The kids just never quit. They were just battling. Tipton is a good team. They put the ball in play, and they threw [Carson] Dolezal – he threw against us twice last year and just completely shut us down both times. But tonight, we made him work hard. We got three runs off of him and then we got three runs off [KJ] Roudebush.
“Our kids went up with the mindset of swinging the bat. That’s what we talked about early in the game – being aggressive. These kids just didn’t quit. With two outs in the seventh, most teams would fold up.”
Now, Haley hopes that his young team will continue to grow as they head into the heart of their conference schedule.
“In talking to them after the game, [we talked about] keeping the momentum going,” Haley said. “Even though we didn’t get the win, I thought we improved and took some more strides going forward.”