NEW KNOXVILLE — The New Knoxville Rangers rallied back from a five-run deficit and then won the game on a bases loaded single by Wes Meyer in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 8-7 victory over the Fairlawn Jets Monday at New Knoxville.
“The guys never gave up in that fifth inning,” Rangers head coach Nick Schroer said. “The kids backed each other up and they never quit until the end. The guys never stop during the seven innings of play.”
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Trailing 7-2 going into the bottom of the fifth inning New Knoxville put the bat on the ball to tie the game. The inning started with an unassisted grounder by Jake Allen, but Spencer Wolf lined a single past first and Michael Porter followed with a single. Tyler Shreve loaded the base with a single.
Shane Topp reached on a fielder’s choice with Wolf scoring, Porter going to third and Shreve going to second. Seth Napier replaced Jacob Marvin on the mound and he walked Adam Howe to bring home Porter to close the score to 7-4.
Cody Shaw followed and drew a walk to force home Shreve. KV Mooney grounded out to second, but Shane Topp came home to score and tie the game with Howe going to third and Cody Shaw went to second. Wes Meyer struck out to end the inning.
Michael Porter came in to pitch in the fifth inning and kept the Jets scoreless the last three innings.
In the bottom of the seventh inning Shane Topp led off with a walk and he stole second and third. Adam Howe and Cody Shaw were walked intentionally to load the bases. Mooney struck out and Meyer singled between first and second driving home Topp with the winning run.
Fairlawn scored first with a run in the first inning when Grant Covault scored on a double by Zach Rogers, but the Rangers came back to tie the score in the bottom of the second when Howe walked and stole second and third and scored on a ground out by Mooney.
“Shane Topp had a good game on the mound,” Schroer said. “He wasn’t missing by much and he was right around the strike zone the whole game and then Porter came in and threw three solid innings. We have to work on location a little bit but that was the first time Shane started a game and the first time Porter pitched in a game.”
The Rangers (3-1) travel to Lima Perry tonight.