FRIENDSWOOD — It’s likely an at-bat Jacob Gwynne will remember for some time. It’s not often you see a team win on a walk-off error.
Friendswood picked up the first-round series sweep of Angleton with a 2-1 win at Bobby Black Field on Friday.
Facing a full count with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning, Gwynne should have probably looked off the 3-2 pitch and taken the walk.
Instead, the junior third baseman swung at the high pitch and sent a fly ball to center. With his head dropped as he trotted to first, Gwynne figured the game was headed to another extra inning.
But the Angleton center fielder misjudged the shot and as he jumped to snag what would have been the third out, dropped the ball.
That allowed Walker Williams to trot home for the victory.
It wasn’t the fly ball to center that impressed Mustangs coach Charlie Taylor.
“(Gwynne) really did a great job of staying in there,” Taylor said. “After getting down in the count, he fought off several pitches. He probably should have let that last one go for the walk, but it worked out, I guess.”
With the count 2-2, Gwynne fouled off two more pitches before working the count to 3-2.
He fouled off two more pitches before the swing that ended up being the game-winner.
The winning score came in a contest that almost saw the Mustangs drop the second game of the best-of-three series after winning the opener Thursday.
The Mustangs took the early lead in the second after Ryan Bertlsman reached on a single and, after stealing second, scored on a Ryan Dupuis double.
Friendswood held the 1-0 lead until a throwing error in the sixth let Angleton’s Tyler Warren, who had reached third on an error, score.
With the game tied at 1, Mustangs pitcher Lael Lockhart found himself in a bind in the top of the eighth.
After giving up a one-out double to Wildcats’ first baseman Jon Gamble, Lockhart intentionally walked Shawn Jamison.
Angleton’s Brandon Regian’s single to left loaded the bases and ended Lockhart’s day on the mound.
Taylor called in senior Garrett Cragin, who struck out Angleton’s Jason Peltier and got Travis Murphy to fly out to left.
It was a gut check for Cragin.
“I was a bit nervous because of the situation,” he said. “But I focused on getting outs and didn’t let it bother me much.”
With the win the Mustangs (10-3, 1-0) take on the winner of the Houston Milby/Ridge Point series.
• Lockhart went 71/3 innings, and allowed five hits. He struck out five and walked six Wildcat batters. He was 1-for-2 at the plate with a walk.
• Dupuis was 1-for-3 with walk and an RBI.
• Bertlsman was 1-for-3 with a walk.