Thursday, 19 May 2011 09:39
Two Tigers battle for a fly ball on the infield Wednesday at Rosel Field. The catch was made, and the Tigers earned an upset victory over the A’s, 11-9 in a game that came down to a key catch in the outfield by Derek Symmons to secure the win.
L&T photo/Rustin Watt
By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
If the Tigers were going to upset the A’s Wednesday night at Rosel Field, someone was going to have to turn in a career performance.
That someone was Derek Symmons.
Symmons had a 3 RBI double and made a circus catch at the end of the game to preserve an 11-9 victory for the Tigers in the regular season finale for both teams.
The tigers built an 8-1 lead after Symmons smashed a hit to left field when the bases were loaded. All three runs scored, and the Tigers had a chance for more, but the A’s were able stop the bleeding and strand two Tigers on base.
The A’s battled back in the bottom of the third when the Tigers walked four straight A’s batters, and Junior Rodriguez hit a soft bloop to right field that scored two more that cut the lead to 8-5.
The Tigers added two more in the top of the fifth to take a 10-5 lead, and a passed ball in the bottom of the fifth allowed Sylman Pando to score for the A’s to cut the lead to 10-6.
Kaden Bigham scored the final run for the Tigers in the top of the sixth on a passed ball, and then the drama hit in the bottom of the sixth when the A’s started a rally.
An errant throw to first by the Tigers allowed two A’s to score, and Dillon Shellenberger hit a sacrifice to score another run to cut the lead to 11-9.
With the tying runners on base with two outs, Junior Rodriguez came to the plate and hit a smash to right center field.
Symmons made a move for the ball from center field, and in a full sprint stuck out his glove near his knee and scooped the ball out of the air for the final out.
Had he missed, the ball likely would have rolled to the fence and could have been an in-the park home run.
The Tigers charged Symmons, and the celebration began.
Both teams will await the results of today’s regular season finale before seeding for the post-season tournament can be determined.
The tournament begins Friday at Rosel Field.