The fifth-seeded A-Z Supply needed extra innings to down fourth-seeded Anything Green 6-5 in Wednesday’s fast pitch playoffs at Memorial Park in Grass Valley.
Anything Green won the championship in 2012.
“It was a great performance for all of us, as a team,” said Kyle Selleck, who was 3-for-4 in the game.
With the game tied 5-5 after six innings, tiebreaker rules were implemented due to time constraints. This meant a runner, in this case A-Z’s Guy Selleck, was placed on the second bag to begin the inning. A pitch in the dirt to Billy Davis advanced Guy Selleck to third.
Though Willy Wilcot, Anything Green’s pitcher, was subsequently able to force a ground-out from Davis, the next batter was positive he’d be the hero.
“I knew I was getting the run batted in,” said Kyle Selleck, explaining his thought process during the crucial at-bat. “Confidence was the key.”
Kyle Selleck backed up his talk with a double, driving in Guy Selleck and notching his only RBI. It proved to be the decider, as Anything Green failed to respond in the bottom of the seventh.
A-Z was in trouble after a disastrous defensive inning in the bottom of the third.
Scott Belser led off that inning with a single. Then a subsequent grounder from Ryan Jones bobbled off the glove of A-Z’s Brady Portar. Two batters later, another error drove Belser in, and a single and double from Mike Lynn and Pat Hayden, respectively, gave Anything Green a 4-0 lead.
With a 4-3 lead, Anything Green had a chance to seal up the win in the top of the sixth. With only an out remaining, Portar was able to reach first off a grounder that Justin Allen couldn’t corral in time. The crucial error gave A-Z life, and they made good use of their second chance with a single from Kerry Brose during their next at-bat to even up the game.
The Dental Wellness Center had little to smile about as they were shellacked by the JMS Builders Bulldogs 10-3 in the nightcap of the fast pitch playoffs.
The Dental Wellness Center lost the game in the bottom of the second. The Bulldogs should be complimented for their hitting in the inning, but it was the litany of errors on the defensive side that gave the JMS Builders five runs and a 6-0 lead that would prove insurmountable.
The bottom of the first proved to be an omen of sorts. After a grounder from JMS’ lead-off man Russell Bracket provided a quick out for The Dental Wellness Center, Justin Deme promptly slammed the first pitch he saw for a home run in right field and the first run of the game.
He’d repeat the performance to end the game in the bottom of the fifth. A triple from Josh Bracket with the bases loaded gave the Bulldogs a 9-3 advantage and set up Deme for another solo home run, ending the game prematurely at 10-3.