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Monday, May 23, 2016

Late rally lifts Prescott Pirates to SCVBL victory

The Prescott Pirates went from the thrill of victory to the agony of defeat to the thrill of victory again… all within a 15-minute span.

Leading 2-1 and only one out away from victory, the Pirates committed two infield blunders to allow Spring Valley to take a 3-2 lead. It looked like Prescott was going to give away a certain victory, but the resilient Pirates wouldn’t give up and found a way to counter with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to pull out a dramatic 4-3 win over the Hawks at Firehall Field last week Sunday, May 22.

The bizarre finish started in the top of the ninth inning, with Prescott clinging to its 2-1 lead. Relief pitcher Evan Bayer was trying to preserve the victory for starter Mark Moriarty, who threw eight strong innings and held Spring Valley to one lone run.

But defensive errors almost cost the Pirates. On two occasions the Pirates were literally within reach of victory but infield errors allowed Spring Valley to take a brief lead at 3-2.

Despite the odds the Pirates didn’t give up. Clay Seifert started the bottom of the ninth with a leadoff single. Justin Leonard ripped a double to tie the game, and after Billy Brookshaw followed with a single to load the bases with one out, a wild pitch allowed the winning run to score.

See more of this story in the print edition of the Prescott Journal, on newsstands Wednesday.

Prescott's Alex Ross reaches his bat across home plate during a ballgame against Spring Valley Sunday in Prescott.

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