Blue Mountain Alaskans come up clutch in 15-inning win in NWAC
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Mar 24, 2015
Three Mat-Su Valley locals had their fingerprints all over the biggest win of the season for the Blue Mountain Community College baseball team.
The Timberwolves beat visiting Skagit Valley 7-6 in 15 innings thanks to clutch plays by Ben Ross and Jonathan Boyer of Wasilla, and Jacob Butcher of Palmer.
All three came up huge with the pressure cooker on full blast.
Ross delivered a pinch-hit, walk-off single; Butcher scored the winning run; and Boyer plated the tying run in the ninth inning to force extra innings.
Boyer started in left field and finished 1-for-5 with two RBIs. With one out in the ninth, he drew a five-pitch walk with the bases loaded to tie the game at 5-5.
Butcher started in right field and also went 1-for-5. He scored twice, including in the 15th when he ripped a one-out single to give Blue Mountain runners at first and second.
With two down and the game tied at 6-6, the T-wolves called on a pinch hitter. Ross took ball one, strike one, ball two and then smacked the game-winning single to score his former Legion teammate for the walk-off victory.
This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.