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Valles hits walk-off single to cap comeback in State Tourney opener, Rattlers win 4-3 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 July 2017 08:07


By EARL WATT

• Leader & Times

Max Valles was the hero in the first game of the Babe Ruth State Tournament for the Liberal Rattlers.

Valles hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh to complete a remarkable comeback for the Rattlers in a 4-3 win over Parsons.

Liberal had to rally from being down 3-0 to earn the win.

Parsons took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when a passed ball allowed a run to score.alt

Liberal struggled at the plate in the first two innings with four of the first six outs coming by strike out.

The Liberal defense was also shoddy early, and the second error of the day allowed Parsons to take a 2-0 lead in the third inning, and a fielder’s choice allowed another run to cross the plate, and Parsons had a 3-0 lead.

Parsons starter Noah Chalker’s perfect start came to an end in the third when Brodie Warren led off with a single, Alex Yanez walked, and Valles walked to load the bases.

Chalker was relieved by Braven Born, but he started by walking Dylan Thompson, forcing Warren home and cutting the lead to 3-1.

After Elijah McCarter struck out, Braxton Hyde delivered a single that scored Yanez, and the Rattlers cut the lead to 3-2.

Hyde took over on the mound in the fourth for Wilmes, and despite another Rattler error he did not allow a run.

Te Rattlers committed their fourth error in the top of the fifth, but Hyde again left the runner stranded, and Liberal continued to trail 3-2.

Valles was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the fifth and later scored when Parsons’ center fielder couldn’t catch a fly ball hit by McCarter, and Liberal tied the game 3-3.

Hyde retired Parsons in order n the sixth, but the Rattlers went down in order as well, and the game headed to the final inning deadlocked at 3-3.

Hyde beaned lead-off batter Connor Eichinger to start the seventh, but he never made it to second base. Hyde forced a fly-out and then struck out the next Parson batter, and a ground ball to second baseman Cesar Burciaga resulted in the final out oft he inning.

Liberal started the seventh inning strong with a Wilmes double to center field before Warren flew out for the first out of the inning.

Yanez followed with a single to move Wilmes to third, and when Valles came to the plate, Yanez took second without a play.

After taking a ball, Valles ripped a shot down the line in left, and Wilmes came home to score the winning run.

After Liberal defeated Parsons, Junction City knocked off Walnut-Ark Valley 8-2 in pool play.

Earlier today, Liberal and Junction City faced off with the winner taking a commanding spot to qualify for the championship bracket.

Liberal will complete pool play at 3 p.m. Saturday against Walnut-Ark Valley, and the top two teams from the pool will advance to the single-elimination bracket Sunday in Wellington.

 

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