Dimond outlasts West 5-4 in 13-inning elimination game
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 27, 2017
65th ALB State Tournament
Dimond 5, West 4 - elimination game
In an epic battle that featured big plays, five lead changes and tons of drama the Post 21 Lynx outlasted the Post 1 Eagles in a 13-inning elimination game at Mulcahy Stadium.
Dimond's Kyle Henrickson played a huge role as he picked up the win as a relief pitcher and drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly to help the Lynx [23-17] stay alive in the state tournament.
In Dimond's final at-bat, Kobe Vanderwood led off with a walk and went to second after Sean Carey singled. With runners on first and second, Jesse Boese reached on a bunt single - his fifth hit of the game - to load the bases.
That brought up Henrickson, who lofted a flyball to center field to score the winning run ahead of Shawn Jones' throw home. Just one inning earlier Jones had thrown out a runner trying to score from third base on a fly ball.
The Henrickson brothers - Kyle and younger bro Ryan - pitched the final 5.2 innings for Dimond. Kyle Henrickson also had three RBIs, including the game winner.
The teams combined for 26 hits by 16 different players so everybody came to play.
West's Tom Zettler had two hits and pitched nine innings, scattering 11 hits and three walks in the no decision.
The Eagles led 1-0, 2-1 and 4-3 but couldn't shut the door. Nonetheless, West should be congratulated for making the state tournament for the first time since 2011.
Four years ago, this program went 0-18 in league. Today the Eagles stood toe-to-toe with one of the most explosive teams in the state.
Dimond is a perennial postseason contender that advanced to the final four for the fourth time since 2010.