OAK HILL - The Waverly Tigers scored an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth inning Monday evening to capture a 3-2 SOC Division II win over the Oak Hill Oaks at OHHS.
The win improved the Tigers season record to 9-3 overall and 5-1 in SOC Division II while the Oaks drop to 8-4 overall and 4-3 in the division.
Oak Hill's Michael Hays and Waverly's Jeffrey Noble were locked up in a pitcher's duel through the first four innings as neither team could score or put hits together. Waverly managed just two singles through the first four frames, and the Oaks just one.
Waverly would be the first to score as they pushed two runs across in their half of the fifth. They did that on the strength of just one hit and a couple of free passes.
Noble led the inning off with a walk, then after Kayne Jordan lined out to second, Garrett Moore was hit with a pitch. Jordan and Moore pulled off a double steal to get into scoring position, and after Logan Kottenbrook was caught looking on a called third strike, Jordan would score on a wild pitch. Drew Harris followed with a run scoring single and Waverly led 2-0.
The Oaks did answer with a run in the bottom of the frame after Tyler Rice and Luke Fryman reached on back to back singles, and were sacrificed into scoring position by Jared Walls. Rice would score on a ground out to short, but Fryman was stranded at third after Noble got the final out on a fly ball to right.
The Oaks scored again in the bottom of the sixth to draw even at 2-2. Riley Kuhn worked his way on with a walk to lead the inning off. He would move to second on a sacrifice bunt by Daniel Eggars, then onto third on a wild pitch by Noble.
Waverly decided to go to Garrett Moore in relief of Noble after the wild throw, but on his first pitch to the plate he uncorked a wild pitch of his own, and Kuhn strolled home with the tying run.
The situation didn't unnerve him though as he got the final two outs on a ground out to second and a strikeout looking to end the inning.
Both pitchers set the other side down in order in the seventh inning sending the game to extra innings. Waverly would score what proved to be the winning tally on the strength of some good luck and heads up base running.
Kottenbrooke led the inning off with a weird sort infield single. The ball seemed to come off the bat with an odd backspin, and when it hit the ground it took an odd bounce that caused the Oaks second baseman fielding problems that allowed Kottenbrooke to reach.
He immediately stole second, and moved to third on a fly ball to right, although the throw from Luke Fryman almost beat him to the bag. Hays would strike Drew Harris for the second out, but Clayton Howell; singled Kottenbrook in with the go-ahead run.
Moore would set the Oaks down in order in the bottom of the eighth to secure the win for the Tigers and himself.
Michael Hays pitched all eight innings for the Oaks and was tagged with the loss. Hays allowed just four Tiger hits while striking out eight and issuing three free passes on a walk and two hit batsmen.