The Edmond Sun

April 8, 2013

Big plays in final innings vault Wolves past Moore

The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Edmond Santa Fe twice failed to hang onto a lead Monday night but staged a dramatic late-inning rally to beat Moore, 7-5.

The Wolves entered their half of the sixth inning down a run at 5-4 but used disciplined hitting to put on the comeback. Leadoff man Garrett Greenwood walked and advanced on a Jacob Jerome single, and Xavier Sundman’s sacrifice moved both into scoring position.

Two batters later, Daniel Costello was hit by a pitch to load the bases, setting up Kevin Orr’s infield hit that scored Greenwood. The hard grounder to shortstop got the runners moving, and an error by the Moore first baseman allowed Jerome and Costello to score and put the Wolves up 7-5.

It looked like the Lions might rally in the seventh when they put a man on with one out, but Santa Fe catcher Zac Bycko quickly squashed that comeback when he fired to first to get the batter on a dropped third strike and doubled off the lead runner to end the inning and the game.

Santa Fe starter J.R. Hensley went five innings, struck out eight, walked two and allowed two hits and two runs, one earned. Sam Endicott came on in relief and was the recipient of some of those errors, allowing three unearned runs on only two hits with one strikeout in 2/3 of an inning. Sundman closed the game with 1 1/3 innings; he struck out two and walked one, gave up two hits and no runs.

Jerome led at the plate with two runs on a 3-for-3 night. Costello was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs; Bycko was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

The Wolves scored first, when in the third inning Jerome singled, Quin Walbergh walked and Costello tripled to drive in both and give Santa Fe a 2-0 lead.

Moore battled back in the top of the fifth, when back-to-back singles, a base on balls, a balk and a fielding error put two across for the Lions and tied the game at 2-2.

In the bottom of the inning, the Wolves again surged ahead with a pair of runs of their own when a Bycko double scored Costello and Orr to put Santa Fe up 4-2.

Fielding errors led to woes for the Wolves in the sixth inning, as a pair of errors put Moore runners on first and second with two outs. Then three consecutive singles put three runs across and gave the Lions a 5-4 lead.

The Wolves are now 12-7 and will have a rematch against Moore on the road at 7 p.m. Tuesday.