The Rally Factory Rock Hounds did a number of things today that they have not done all year. The first thing was play a weekday matinee game, an 11:30am start. The second thing was that they came back down more than 3 runs, and the third thing was they got a huge walk off hit. In a game that showed signs that the Rock Hounds may still have been a sleep, the Hounds waited until the 8th inning to wake up. The Hounds were on their heels from the first inning. Early defensive mistakes plagued the Rock Hounds. All four pitchers that appeared allowed at least one unearned run. Just when it looked as if the Hounds would go down without a fight, they got a little spark that woke them up. Trailing 6-2 in the 8th, Kirby Broadbent smashed a 2-run home run over the scoreboard at Yarbrough Stadium to pull the Hounds within 2. After Kenny Quilatan walked and Evan Faccenda singled, the King's reliever threw a wild pitch to advance both runners. Center fielder Joey Dodson beat out an infield single, but the throw got away from the first baseman, allowing Faccenda to score the tying run. Chase Grant followed with a bloop single to left field, plating Dodson for the go ahead run.
The West Coast Kings would tack on 2 runs in the top of the 9th inning, which could have been worse, but closer Jae Wagner minimized the damage with a key strikeout and a double play, to help set up the most exciting finish of the season to date. After infielder Jack Pridy hit a leadoff double to left field, Hank Pankratz doubled to right field, but Pridy, who tagged up on the play, was held at 3rd base. After a strikeout, the Kings intentionally walked Broadbent to load the bases and set up the force. The Rock Hounds, who burned their DH, had pitcher Jae Wagner as the scheduled hitter. With Garlind Webster left as the only position player remaining on the bench, he was called upon to get his only at bat of the day. Webster took the 1-1 pitch and hammered it to the right-center field gap to drive in Pridy and Pankratz in walk-off fashion. It was Webster's 11th & 12th RBI of the season, which ranks him 3rd on the team.
The Rock Hounds improved to 9-13 on the season. They travel to Novato tomorrow to take on the Novato Knicks in a double header at Sonoma State. First game is at 11am. Josh Moore and Jake Fromson are the scheduled starters.