Burley (ID) snatches win from Dimond in late stages
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 10, 2018
The Green Sox tied the game with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning on a two-out error and then won it in the eighth inning with a walkoff single to beat the Post 21 Lynx 5-4 on Day 1 of the Class A Regional Tournament in Lewiston, Idaho.
The loss spoiled a great start from pitcher Parker Coplin, who left in the fifth inning with Dimond leading 4-2.
Luke Smith had two hits and drove in two runs. Kobe Vanderwood had two hits and scored two runs. Logan Sweet and Adam Boyce had RBIs.
Boyce helped Dimond danced around some serious trouble in the seventh inning and nearly wiggled off the hook. With the bases loaded, the Lynx denied a squeeze play to get one out and Boyce struck out a batter for the second out.
But Burley tied the game after a sharp grounder bounced off the shortstop’s arm, allowing the Green Sox to plate a pair of runs and tie the game at 4-4.
Dimond avoided further damage when Boyce ended the inning with a strike out, stranding the winning run on third base.
In extra innings, Dimond went 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth and Idaho went walk, balk, walk, walkoff.
Alaska teams have fared pretty well at the NWCART since 2013, posting a combined five wins by Service (2016), Juneau (2015, 2014) and South (2013). The South team won two games.
The Lynx are still alive in the double-elimination regional.
Dimond (24-10) will play the Hyrum (UT) Trappers on Saturday at 9 a.m. ADT.
Dimond 200 110 00 - 4 6 1
Burley (ID) 000 110 21 - 5 5 1
Dimond – Coplin, Boyce (5), Knowlton (8) and Dolan. Idaho – Ritchie, E.Waterson (5), S. Watterson (8). W – S. Watterson. L – Boyce. 2B – None. 3B – None. HR – None.