YORK – Thanks to a bases-loaded walk-off balk in the bottom of the eighth inning, the York Cornerstone Juniors baseball team improved to 6-1 on the season with an 8-7 victory over Tri County in extra innings Saturday night at Levitt Stadium.
It was a back-and-forth affair for much of the night as York trailed 2-0 early but gained a 3-2 advantage in the bottom of the first when Creighton Hirschfeld reached on an error that allowed three runs to score.
But Tri County took the lead back at 4-3 with a couple of RBI doubles in the third, then punched in another run in the fourth to give it a 5-3 advantage when the Juniors’ starting pitcher, Isaac Stark, loaded the bases and hit a batter. Thomas Ivey then came in relief on the mound and got out of the inning with a strikeout.
In the bottom of the fourth, York’s Matt Davis stepped to the plate and delivered an RBI single to center field to cut the Tri County lead to 5-4. The Juniors tied the game at 5-5 in the sixth when Hirschfeld scored on a wild pitch.
Tri County looked to be in control when it took a 6-5 lead in the top of the seventh, but Ty Schneider hit a clutch two-out RBI single to left that scored Tyler Wright and knotted the game at 6-all to force extras.
Tri County went up 7-6 in the top of the eighth on a fielder’s choice and threatened to add more, but Ivey got out of the inning without allowing additional damage when he picked off a base runner at second and struck out a batter.
York tied the game at 7-7 in the bottom of the inning when Noah Jones was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and won on the aforementioned balk.
The Juniors were slated to travel to Hebron for a game on Sunday, but do to unplayable field conditions the game was canceled.
York will host Shelby-Osceola-Stromsburg Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. This will be the second meeting between the two teams this season. York won the first on June 2 by the score of 9-1 in five innings in the Junior Cornerstone Classic championship game in York.