“Sad as it may seem, we’re used to playing from behind,” Falcons senior pitcher/catcher Walker Mason said. “We’ve made a lot of errors over the years. We always get runners on first and second. But somehow, someway, we always get out of it. Someone steps up and makes a key play.”
That was nearly the case again at McWhorter-Brock Field Friday.
After hanging tough for most of the game amid a myriad of mistakes, Donoho looked as if it might fall apart once and for all when it fell behind 5-1 after five.
Senior third baseman Teddre Williams led off the top of the sixth and slapped a 2-2 pitch over the fence in left field some 295 feet away from home plate for his third home run of the season to give his team a spark.
“Just have fun,” Williams said, describing his mind state at the plate. “That’s what baseball is supposed to be about and that’s what we’ve been doing. We never want to be down on our home field. I just wanted to have fun and God blessed me to hit a home run.”
Williams’ kept his head in the game after committing a pair of throwing errors on routine plays before going yard.
“That’s the great thing about this team,” he said. “When one guy makes an error, the whole team is there, encouraging him to perform.”
Williams’ dinger was the only run Donoho mustered in the sixth and Berry would add another in the bottom of the inning on an RBI from starting pitcher Zeb Taylor.
Williams came on for Donoho starter Matthew Overton to get the Falcons out of the inning and the Falcons headed into the seventh trailing 6-2.
Taylor got Dalten Martin to ground out to begin the inning. After Taylor walked Donoho leadoff hitter Kevin Carr on four straight pitches, Berry coach Josh Northington turned to Devan Tyree.
The move nearly wound up being an epic failure.
Donoho (8-7) got a bead on the hard-throwing right-hander, who dominated when he came on in relief to close Game 1.
Donoho shortstop Chris Carr stroked a double to place runners on second and third for Walker. Kevin Carr scored on a wild pitch and Walker brought in Chris Carr with a clutch RBI single up the middle to keep the season alive for the time being.
“You’ve just got to think the hits are going to come,” said Overton, who kept the team in the game with his pitching while they struggled early. “Even though we made some errors we still played a good defensive game overall.”
Overton spread nine hits though six innings, allowing six runs while striking out a pair.
He hit into a double play to end the game on a bizarre play in which he ran into the first-base umpire, knocking him down, while trying to beat a throw. With both teams’ fans awaiting the call, the umpire took about 20 seconds to get up and gather himself before calling Overton out.
“They could’ve laid down after that first game,” Donoho coach Sal Gardner said. “But they didn’t. They gave me everything they had and I’m proud of them for that.”
Mason and Wilson both went 1-for-3 and Martin had a double and an RBI.
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