St. Marys took advantage of its first chance at turnabout this summer.
The St. Marys ACME baseball team scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to rally for a 7-6 win over Coldwater on Tuesday night, turning the tables on the lone team to top the Roughriders this June.
Nick Vogel brought home the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh to give the Riders a walk-off victory.
St. Marys improved to 9-1 with the win and avenged its only loss of the season — an 11-10 extra-inning loss at Coldwater on June 8 that saw the Riders lose a five-run lead late in the game.
“We kind of paid them back for earlier in the year when we had a lead going into the last part of the game and let it slip away,” St. Marys head coach Alan Huber said.
Steven Paulus tied the game 6-6 in the seventh with an RBI grounder to shortstop after falling behind in the count 0-2.
“That was a big at-bat for us,” Huber said. “If that at-bat doesn’t go the way it does, it might change the outcome of this game. Steven throughout the season is comfortable being 0-2. Once that happened you could feel the momentum of the game shift. Instead of the pressure being on us to tie the game, the pressure was on them to stop us from winning the game.”
Kalobb Dodson jumpstarted the late rally with a one-out walk off Coldwater starter Christian Schramm in the seventh.
D.J. Manning followed with a double to right centerfield, his second hit of the game, to bring the tying run to the plate while chasing Schramm momentarily.
Drew Klosterman took over on the mound for Coldwater, but the Cav reliever walked Michael Huber to load the bases. Coldwater quickly switched back to Schramm on the hill.
Nick Vogel greeted Schramm with a two-run single down the left field line to make it 6-5. Brad Sawmiller was intentionally walked to set up Paulus’ game-tying at-bat.
St. Marys hosts Minster on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
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CW 110 004 0 — 6 7 3
SM 030 000 4 — 7 6 3
WP — Sawmiller
LP — Schramm