Cougars stay hot

Nelson hits three-run triple to propel Fallston to victory, 7-0 record

April 08, 2009|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,

Snow flurries blew through as the Fallston and C. Milton Wright baseball teams went out to play Tuesday. And though the game went to an extra inning before the Cougars earned a 13-11 victory, left fielder Taylor Nelson was anything but cold when he came to the plate with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth.

Mustangs pitcher Bobby Ruse had intentionally walked Shane Hollman to load the bases. Fallston coach Joe Connolly yelled: "Make him pay, Taylor. Make him pay."

Nelson took ball one, then sent the next pitch over the Mustangs' center fielder. At C. Milton Wright, when a ball gets past the outfielders it usually goes for a big play because the outfield slopes downhill. Nelson's three-run triple broke a tie at 10 and drove in Chris Jackson with what would be the winning run. Corey Taylor, the Cougars' fourth pitcher of the day, struck out three of the last four batters he faced.

The victory improved No. 2 Fallston's record to 7-0, 4-0 in league play, while No. 3 C. Milton Wright fell to 6-2, 2-2.

"I didn't expect to see 24 runs in this game," Mustangs coach Tony Blackburn said. "We were looking to play small ball, but ... it got crazy."

Still, the game was as close as could be, with the Mustangs having a chance to win in the bottom of the seventh and having the tying run at second at the end of the game.

Afterward, Nelson said some suggested it was an insult that Ruse had walked Hollman to get to him but he didn't see it that way. "I understood that it was all about strategy and that they were trying to set up a forceout," he said.

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