FORT WAYNE — What better way to open sectional baseball action than a sixth-inning comeback and an eight-frame nail-biter?
When Kody Poyser hits a walk-off single to send Churubusco to the semi-finals.
The Eagles faced Eastside in the opening round of sectional play Wednesday at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne and won 4-3 after facing a 3-1 deficit in the sixth inning.
The Eagles also scored their first run in the opening frame, as lead-off batter Poyser crossed home plate for the ’Busco’s first time of the game.
After four scoreless innings for both teams, the Eagles went into the sixth frame, determined to take away Eastside’s lead. Churubusco’s Alan Meeks bunted to lead-off the inning to take first base.
Meeks stole second base and Brent Simmons was walked to put runners on first and second.
Adam Boggess was walked to load the bases with no outs. Logan Harris and Corey Sarrazin struck-out to leave the bases loaded with two outs.
Austin Goepfrich took the plate and got a hit to score Meeks and Simmons and tie the score at three. The Eastside pitcher walked Sam Siddons to load the bases again, but the Eagles were unable to get another hit and the Blazers closed out the sixth inning.
In the top of the seventh frame, Eastside left two on base, unable to get a runner home.
With a chance to win the game, Churubusco took the plate. Meeks got on base again and stole third with two outs, but Boggess struck-out to send the game to extra innings.
After shutting down the Blazers in the top of the eighth, the Eagles decided to finish off their opponents.
Sam Siddons was walked and worked his way around the bases. That’s when Poyser took the plate and slapped a ball through the Eastside gap to send Siddons home and win the game, 4-3.
Pitcher Hayden Kilgore took the win, pitching all eight innings.
He had seven strikeouts. Kilgore gave up eight hits, three walks and three runs.
Churubusco faces South Adams in the semi-finals.
The game is slated for Monday at 10 a.m. at Indiana Tech.