Last-inning hit lifts Bauxite over Jessieville
The Miners got some sweet revenge Tuesday, and did it in true dramatic fashion.
Bauxite beat former conference foe Jessieville 16-15 on two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning by sophomore Chris Revas.
The Miners (9-5, 1-0), the defending 3A State Champions who have since moved up to 4A, lost twice to Jessieville last year. Bauxite only lost five games on their way to capturing the title.
Bauxite head coach Michael Mattox said, “Next to the state championship game, that was probably the best game I’ve ever coached.
“There was a lot of back and forth, and there was a lot of will from both teams. Jessieville is probably the frontrunner in 3A to win it all this year.
“Both of us learned a lot about ourselves in that game.”
Mattox said, “Most of the fireworks were in the seventh inning.”
Down four runs in their last at bat, with one out the Miners put two runners on base when seniors Austin Harris and Briar Sample drew walks. Senior Tanner Bates hit a double to score Harris, and senior Matt Freelin hit a sacrifice fly to score Sample, leaving Bauxite down two runs with two outs.
Bates would then advance to third and score on a wild pitch, leaving the Miners down one run.
With nobody on base, senior Kylar Hickey then hit a double and Patrick Dangle drew a walk. After Hickey advanced to third on a wild pitch, Dangle stole second, which put the tying run in scoring position with Revas coming to bat.
Gambling, Mattox said he signaled to the players for Hickey to steal home, but Revas foul tipped the next pitch, and the runners went back to their respective bases.
Then, with two stikes and no balls, Revas hit a line drive over the right fielder’s head to win the game.
“That was big,” Mattox said.
He said, “The game probably should’ve ended in the sixth due to the rain. It was a sloppy game. There was a lot of mud in the batters box.
“But I think the umpire understood we were once conference rivals, and there had been a lot of lead changes.”
In all, Revas batted two of three, including his first career home run, a three-run shot in the sixth inning, and had five runs-batted-in. In all, the game saw four home runs, the rest coming from Jessieville.
“He was down in the order, so that helped stabilze that part of the lineup,” Mattox said.
Harris, who started pitching and earned the win, was 2-4 with two walks. Hickey went 4-4 with three RBIs and a sacrifice fly.
On the mound, Harris gave up 10 hits and 11 runs (eight earned) in six innings. He walked four batters and struck out four, while hitting one.
Junior Dylan Oliver relieved Harris in the seventh inning. Oliver gave up five hits and four earned runs.
“A lot of the runs were earned,” Mattox said. “They had 15 hits, we had 14 hits.”
Four of the runs Harris gave up came off a grand slam. He started the seventh inning, but after Jessieville scored four runs with no outs, Oliver was called to replace him. In all, Jessieville would score eight runs in the top of the seventh inning.
The Miners led 2-0 after two innings, but Jessieville scored four in the third and one in the fourth to take a 5-2 lead.
After Bauxite scored one in the fourth inning, Jessieville scored one of their own in the fifth, giving the Lions a 6-3 lead going into the bottom of the fifth inning.
In their next at bat, the Miners scored five runs to jump ahead 8-6. The sixth inning would see Jessieville sore one run and Bauxite score three off Revas’ home run, giving the Miners a 11-7 lead going into the top of the seventh, where Jessieville scored eight runs.
Today, the Miners play host to Abundant Life at 4:30 p.m.
Attempts were made by the Courier to get results of Tuesday’s game between the Lady Miners and Harding Academy, but Bauxite softball head coach Wes Mode had not responded by press time today.