Royals erase eight-run deficit, fall in extras
By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
The Royals may have finished the regular season in last place, but they didn’t exit the post-season tournament with a fight Saturday at Rosel Field.
After falling behind 10-2, the Royals put together a comeback that makes little leagues special.
Evan Bayouth pitched the White Sox to the 10-2 lead after three innings, and Hunter Carson came in to pitch the fourth.
But the right hander struggled early, and after three runs had scored and the Royals had the bases loaded, the White Sox relieved Carson and put Brody Sumner on the mound.
Sumner struck out two and forced an infield pop fly to leave the bases loaded with Royals and preserved the 10-5 lead.
But the Royals kept the lead at five after a scoreless fourth for the White Sox.
The Royals took advantage of White Sox fielding errors, and by the middle of the fifth inning, the Royals had added three more runs to cut the White Sox lead to 10-8.
The White Sox padded their lead with an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth after an error at first, and with only three outs to go, the White Sox had an 11-8 lead.
But the Royals didn’t go quietly.
The Royals smashed to fly balls to center field to add two more runs and cut the lead to 11-10.
Another shot to right field allowed the tying run to score. With two outs and a Royal runner on third, Sumner was able to get the next batter to pop up, but two White Sox players collided on the catch attempt near first base, and the Royals took a 12-11 lead.
After a remarkable eight-run comeback by the Royals, it was now the White Sox who were down to their final three outs.
The Royals were able to get two outs, and with a runner on third, a soft grounder to second was mishandled at first, and the White Sox tied the game, 12-12 at the end of regulation.
In the seventh, neither team scored.
The Royals had a chance in the top of the eighth, but could not capitalize, and the score remained tied.
In the bottom of the eighth, the White Sox re-entered Morgan Carson, and she earned a walk to start the inning.
Brother Cash Carson followed with a walk, and after a strike out, the runners advanced to second and third with one out.
Hunter Carson stepped to the plate and delivered a blast to center field. Morgan Carson scored, and the White Sox survived, 13-12.
Tigers, A’s face off in defensive battle
After an extra inning game full of offensive fireworks, the second playoff game of the day was more subdued.
Runs came at a premium, but the Tigers did enough to holed off the A’s in a 5-2 win.
James Armstrong pitched for the Tigers in the victory.
Today, the Tigers will face the top-seeded Cardinals who received a bye in the first round. The White Sox will face the No. 2 Rockies. Games begin at 6 p.m. at Rosel Field.