MORAVIA — These kind of games give coaches gray hairs as the two teams combined to make five base-running outs but it was Moravia that would come away with a 3-2 win over Ankeny Christian Academy in extra innings.
The low-scoring battle started with Moravia getting on the board in the first inning with Cason Butz scoring on a wild pitch. Moravia would then strand runners on third in each of the next two innings as Ankeny Christian Academy tied the game up in the third inning on a Mohawk wild pitch.
The Mohawks looked poised to take the lead in the fifth inning with runners on first and second with one out. Butz, who went 3-for-4 on the night, would blast one to deep center over the centerfielder’s head. Caleb Cook, who was tagging at second, would try to score and would be tagged out at the plate. Kaleb Templeton, who tagged from first, got caught rounding third too far and would get thrown out at third for the inning-ending double play.
Bryce Kaster led off the sixth inning with a single for Moravia. A wild pitch and sacrifice bunt later and he was on third with one out. The Eagles would elect to intentionally walk Hunter Arbogast and Matthew Seals to load the bases and bring Wil Martin to the plate. Martin would come through with a sacrifice fly to right field to score Kaster.
Arbogast, who started the game and pitched six solid innings, giving up one run on three hits with one walk and one strikeout, was replaced on the mound by Casey Smith for the seventh. Smith would give up the tying run on a RBI single, sending it to the bottom of the seventh with Moravia getting a chance to walk it off.
The Mohawks would get the winning run on second with one out but back to back strikeouts on six straight pitches from Ankeny Christian Academy’s Malachi Johnson would send the game to extra innings.
Smith would come back out on the mound and get an inning-ending double play on a weak liner to him with a runner at first. The senior would catch the ball and slip into the splits before gathering himself and delivering a throw to first to double up the runner and end the inning.
Arbogast got the bottom of the inning started with a walk, and then just like the sixth inning, he would find himself on third with one out after a wild pitch and sacrifice bunt. Ankeny Christian Academy would once again intentionally walk the next two batters to set up a force at any bag.
Cook stepped up to the plate and grounded one back at the pitcher. He would throw it to the catcher to get the force out at the plate but the catcher would then throw to first to try to get the double play. Instead the ball would go past the first baseman and into right field, scoring Martin from second base and giving Moravia their seventh win over their last eight games.
Both teams were limited to just four hits in the contest. Moravia continues a stretch of playing seven games across six days this week. So far they are 2-0.
Moravia (7-3) head to Corydon on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. to play Wayne (5-6).