Shockers teams ride dramatic comebacks on way to title game
It was an all-Shockers final at the Jim Walton Tournament on Sunday, with both teams having to make furious comebacks in the semifinals to advance.
The Black team had their game with the Burkburnett Blacksox 18U all but wrapped up in the seventh inning. But a dropped fly ball allowed the Sox to continue the inning, eventually gaining a 5-3 advantage. But Jack Smith's game-tying single with two outs sent the game into extra innings. After several close calls by the umpires, including a call reversal, the Shockers won the game in the 10th on a single up the middle by Trey Longacre.
Earlier in the day, the Red team trailed the OKC Expos 4-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. But a five-run explosion helped the Shockers win 6-4 and guarantee at least one Shockers squad would play for the title.
Extra-innings drama for Shockers Black
Trailing 2-1 for most of the game, Shockers Black started things off in the bottom of the fifth with a walk of Elgin's Jake Meents. Meents advanced to second on a balk and scored on a double by Duncan's Connor Thaxton. Jack Smith drove home the go-ahead run later in the inning.
In the top of the 7th, the Shockers walked multiple Blacksox batters before a dropped pop fly allowed the tying run to score. Two more runs scored to give the Sox a 5-3 lead heading into the final half-inning.