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It ain’t over till it’s over for the ‘Comeback Kids’

Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 11:49 am

It’s not often that a double header is played in high school baseball, outside of tournament play that is. It’s also just as uncommon for the home team to be the away team. However, the most rare feat accomplished by the Elsberry Indians Monday night was two last inning comeback wins over Clopton (5-4) and Wellsville (9-8). “Two big wins!” said Coach Dustin Robinson. “I was very happy with how we competed and never gave up.” Elsberry trailed the Hawks 4-1 as they started the top of the seventh. Four runs later Elsberry had the lead. Nick Stone picked up the win going six innings and allowing only two runs and Stephen Boedeker got the save striking out two in the bottom of the seventh. In the nightcap Elsberry and Wellsville were tied 5-5 starting the sixth inning. The Tigers pushed one run across in the sixth and two more in the seventh. Once again it meant Elsberry would have to battle back with only three outs to give. Battle is what they did scoring four runs with a walk-off single by Senior Tyler Turnbull. “It was nice to see Tyler Turnbull break out last night. Tyler went 6-6 with three walks on the night. I’m not sure what changed in the seventh inning of both games, but our at bats got a lot better. I didn’t see anyone trying to do to much. We trusted the guys behind us and we got the job done. These two wins got us to 4-1 in conference and over .500 on the year for the first time,” said Robinson. Turnbull pitched 5.2 innings while striking out seven and only allowing two earned runs. Recording the win was Boedeker who pitched 1.1 innings while striking out three and allowing two earned. “Overall I was very happy with how we competed and never gave up,” said Robinson.