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The beginning of Ninety Six’s second playoff game this spring was a disaster. The end felt miraculous.
Starting pitcher Logan Bruce was shelled in the first inning, giving up six runs, and the Wildcats’ season seemed all but over when Buford led 8-1 in the middle of the fourth inning.
Three innings later, Ninety Six senior Tyler Warrick’s walkoff hit brought Bruce to the plate to score the winning run in a thrilling 9-8 win that extended Ninety Six’s season.
快猫vip破解版黄短视频The walkoff hit was Warrick’s third of the game.
“As seniors, it finally sank in that it could be it,” Warrick said in the Index-Journal’s April 28 story. “I was just waiting for the fastball. I wasn’t going to miss it. They had been pitching around me all day but they couldn’t in that situation.”
快猫vip破解版黄短视频Relief pitcher Rhett Duffie was one key factor in the Wildcats coming back.
Duffie entered in the first inning and pitched the last out of the inning.
Duffie went 6 1/3 innings, giving up only two hits and striking out six.
快猫vip破解版黄短视频“I’ve never really been down by that much in that situation, but I’d been in the situation before,” Duffie said. “There’s something special about this team, just the way they pick each other up and care about each other.”
The win came with many ups and downs, moments where it looked like a comeback was inevitable and moments where all hope seemed lost.
快猫vip破解版黄短视频Duffie struck out looking with the bases loaded in the fifth inning. The comeback waited two more innings.
Ninety Six turned it around in the sixth, scoring four runs to tie the game. Warrick hit a one-run single, Lennox Adams hit a two-run single and Andrew Gossett hit a one-run single.
“We just kept playing,” Ninety Six coach Chad Ellis said. “I’m just really proud of the effort, the fight and the tenacity that they displayed today.”