Pirates go down in extra innings

The third-seeded Macks Creek Pirates saw their season come to an end with a 5-4, eight-inning loss to the second-seeded Wheatland Mules on Tuesday night in Class 1 District 9 semifinal action in Hermitage.

Wheatland's Zac Sutt slapped a bases loaded RBI-single in the bottom of the eighth to complete a Mules comeback.

Macks Creek trailed 2-0 early after the Mules put up a single tally in the first and second innings. However, the Pirates came storming back to tie it up in the third and took the lead with two more runs in the top of the fifth to make it 4-2. Still, Wheatland had some fire left as they rallied to tie the game in the seventh and proceeded to end it in the eighth.

The Pirates had a chance to close the door in the seventh, but were unable to put Wheatland away. With two outs, Wheatland’s Tristen Shaddox hit a bouncing ball to short, where the fielder looked to throw towards third, allowing all runners to reach and Shields to score to make it 4-3. A few pitchers later, the tying run was walked in on a full count.

"We had an opportunity to close this one out in the seventh and we weren't able to get it done," Macks Creek coach Jason Trusty said. “The ball to short with two outs gets thrown across the diamond to first and we finish the game with a win."

Gage Mashburn started for the Pirates and worked the first six-and-two-thirds innings before being lifted due to pitch count. He allowed four runs, three earned, on nine hits while striking out seven, walking one, and hitting one batter. He received a no-decision in the contest. Hunter Lane worked finished the seventh and had one out in the eighth when the winning run scored. He allowed one run on two hits while walking three batters. He falls to 2-3 with the loss.

"Gage threw a lot of pitches in the first two innings but really settled down in innings three, four and five," Trusty noted. “He was close to his limit when the seventh started and the strike zone eluded him, so Wheatland found a way to make things happen."

Offensively the Pirates were paced by Chandler Charlton and Zane Whitworth. Chandler banged out a single and double to go along with a run scored and Whitworth singled twice, scored once, and had an RBI. Justin Register had an RBI-single, Cameron Charlton had an RBI-single, Jesse Linton singled, Austin Zollman singled and scored and Oscar Cortez tripled in a run and crossed the plate once as well. Mashburn reached on errors twice in the contest.

Macks Creek finishes the season at 8-9 while Wheatland improved to 10-9 and advanced to the district title game.

Story courtesy of Macks Creek School District