Guyer may sit atop the District 5-4A standings while Fort Worth Brewer is falling closer to the bottom, but both teams showed there won’t be any easy games as the district reached its midway point on Friday night.
Blake Battles bailed out the Wildcats with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to steal the 10-9 win and keep Guyer (11-8, 6-1 district) in a first-place tie with Wichita Falls, which beat Rider.
“I was just looking for a good pitch to hit,” Battles said. “I worked it to a full count and did the best I could. Brewer is a good team; this was a team win for us tonight.”
Guyer has now won five of its last six, and with the win, tied its best district start since starting 6-1 in 2010. Riley Wilhoit opened the seventh when he was hit by a pitch and Tristan Brown followed with a single to put runners on first and second. Two batters later, Aaron Studdard tied the game at 9-all with another single, leading into Battles’ big at-bat.
Before Battles got his big hit, Brewer (10-12, 2-5) had just rallied from a three-run hole with four runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 9-8 lead. After narrowing the deficit to one run and loading the bases in the process, Ben Lewis hit a shot right back to relief pitcher Douglas Palmer. The ball, however, deflected off Palmer’s glove and the Bears scored to tie the game at 8-all.
One batter later, Zach Walker punched an RBI single into left field to give Brewer the go-ahead run.
Things looked like they were going in Guyer’s favor early. Trailing 5-4, the Wildcats led off the bottom of the third with back-to-back walks and an infield single from Brown to load the bases.
Zak Koehler tied the game at 5-all with an RBI single and Studdard followed with a two-run double for a 7-5 lead. Before Brewer could get out of the inning, Studdard later stole home to extend the Guyer lead to 8-5.
Guyer also got back-to-back home runs from James Farris and Wilhoit in the bottom of the first inning. The Bears finished the game with 13 hits, including four doubles.
The game was delayed with two outs in the bottom of the third inning when an unnamed student in the Brewer dugout fell to the ground and appeared to be convulsing with seizure-like symptoms. The student, who was rumored to be a team trainer, was carried off on a stretcher.