With both teams facing a terrible umpire crew, the Clear Springs Chargers scored one run in each of the final three frames to dig themselves out of a 2-0 hole, for a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Friendswood Mustangs, Wednesday night at Clear Springs High School.
With the Chargers trailing 2-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, junior Michael Gillaspia drew a walk to get things going.
In what appeared to be just a routine out, the next batter, junior Trey Luper, hit a fly ball to left. However, Mustang left fielder Seth Barber lost his footing in a rain-soaked left field and the ball fell to the grass.
Gillaspia scored all the way from first base on the play, as the Chargers cut the lead to 2-1.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, senior Drew Minter smashed a solo shot to right field to tie the game up at 2-2.
The Mustangs missed their chance to take the lead back in the top of the seventh inning when they had the bases loaded with two outs.
Chargers reliever senior Drew Harris, induced a fly out from Mustangs junior Calvin Whitaker to get out of the inning.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Gillaspia led off with a triple. One out later, the Mustangs intentionally walked senior Dalin Stanton, and junior Ty Luper worked his way to a walk to load the bases.
Mustangs reliever junior Ryan Vera, missed his target on a wild pitch, allowing Gillaspia to score from third base on a walk off-wild pitch.
The Mustangs did all of their damage in the top of third inning when Barber scored on a fielder’s choice by Whitaker. Junior Johnnie Nemecek, who doubled earlier in the inning, scored on a wild pitch for the Mustangs’ second run.
In what has been a down season by umpires in District 24-6A, their act of buffoonery reached its peak last night when the home plate umpire banned Mustangs head coach Steve Hecker from the field after a simple chat to cut down on the timeout calls, in order to keep his pitchers from getting hurt.
Moments later, the home plate umpire called time again to order the Mustangs bench to stop their cheering from the dugout, which is a classic tradition in high school baseball and softball.
The Chargers (7-4 in district) will turn around to face the Mustangs (6-5) on Friday night at Bobby Black Field, 7 p.m. at Friendswood High School.