The Richmond Hill baseball team scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Brunswick 3-2 at home Wednesday night. It was the second win for the Wildcats against the Pirates in three days after Richmond Hill's 4-1 victory at Brunswick Monday night.
With the bases loaded and the scored tied at 2-2, Mike Menhart scored from third base on Will Shuman's sacrifice fly to center field. The Wildcats had tied the score two at bats earlier when Kasey Green scored on Brandon Becker's pinch hit single to right field.
"It doesn't matter if it happens in the first inning or the seventh inning, that's just baseball," Wildcat coach Stacy Bennett said afterward. "We got some very gutsy at bats late in the game."
Green had reached base on a walk to begin the seventh inning, then advanced to second on Kip Gibson's single. Menhart pinch ran for Gibson, and Will McGrath drew a walk to load the bases.
Brunswick scored once in the first inning and again in the fourth to take a 2-0 lead. Richmond Hill got on the board in the bottom of the fifth when Will McGrath's double scored Chris Sewell from second base. Sewell reached base on a fielder's choice and advanced to second when Brunswick's pitcher was charged with a balk.
Brunswick's run in the fourth inning came on a walk with the bases loaded and no outs, but Matt Overstreet, the third pitcher of the game for the Wildcats, struck out the next two batters and then threw out the final batter of the inning at first base on a checked swing.
"To get out of that inning giving up just one run was huge," Bennett said. "Usually momentum in baseball is associated with offense, but sometimes it can be pitching and defense. That was a big swing to shut them down like that."
Tyler Harrison finished the game on the mound for the Wildcats and picked up the win, not allowing any base runners in the sixth or seventh innings.
"We'd have used 20 pitchers if that's what it took," Bennett said. "Our bullpen did a great job."
The Wildcats, now 11-6 overall and 2-0 in Region 2-AAAAAA, are at Brunswick (9-7, 0-2) at 6 p.m. Friday.