There’s only one way to end a baseball game with a tie score, in a tournament situation with time constraints and limited innings, and even then, only in pool play. Thursday, Henrietta pulled off the dubious feat – twice.
The Bearcats first faced Peaster and, after seven innings, left the dugout with a 5-5 score. In its second game of the day, Henrietta finished in an 8-8 knot with tournament host Windthorst.
On the mound, Zach Byers faced Peaster, pitching all seven innings. Byers threw 66 strikes on 114 pitches. He faced 34 batters.
Peaster took a 3-2 lead in the first innings, but the Bearcats pulled ahead by one with a two-run second. Both teams scored one in the fifth, while Peaster added the tying run in the seventh.
Joe Dell Williams doubled in the game and finished with two RBI’s. Byers also double and Korben Allen batted in one run.
Allen took the mound against Windthorst, facing 33 batters in seven innings. Allen threw 75 strikes on 99 pitches.
Allen and Cole Alford doubled with two RBI’s each. Conner Fletcher also had an RBI, while Ethan Cantrell had a stolen base.
Windthorst took a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but the Bearcats fought back in the third with three of their own. Both teams scored one in the fourth, but Windthorst overtook the ‘Cats with a 4-2 fifth. Henrietta rallied with one run in each of the remaining innings. Henrietta had 14 hits to Windthorst’s seven, but committed seven errors. Windthorst’s defense limited itself to four errors.