Thrashers steal victory in season finale game

DCABA U10 Titan Sam Oliver slides into home as Thrasher pitcher Dougie Easum tries to cover the plate. The Thrashers eventually beat the Titans 15-13 after going into overtime on Thursday at 4-H Wrigley Field.

On Thursday night the Douglas County Amateur Baseball U10 Thrashers and Titans hit the baseball diamond poised for their final game of the season.

What they didn’t bargain for was the fastball the game would throw them.

After more than two hours and five innings in the stickiness and dust in the thick of the hot summer sun, the two teams remained tied in a deadlocked 13-13. An extra inning and the help of the swift pitching of Dougie Easum and quickness on the bats by Macray Urish and Reid Buckingham, allowed the Thrashers to end this last game victorious, 15-13.

“This game was a gut-wrencher,” Thrashers coach Rod Zinn said. “I wasn’t too happy with the first half of the game, but the second half got a lot better.”

The Thrashers took second place in the DCABA tournament on June 25, losing the championship game to the Rough Riders. Zinn said he had expected his team to play better against the Titans because of their strong tournament finish.

But both teams started off slowly.

The Thrashers found their groove in the second inning when Buckingham and Urish each scored to put the team up 3-2.

Then, the Titans scored six runs in the third inning as Cy Burghart, Matthew Pendry, Steven Garcia and Cole Lewis singled and Austin Sanders doubled and a Drew Boulton tripled.

The Thrashers answered by scoring the maximum seven with runs from Dakota Zinn, Adam Gowen, John Arnsberg, Taylor Groh, Jake Rogers, Josh Kennedy and Buckingham. The runs gave the Thrashers a solid foundation as they struck out the Titans after four batters in the next inning.

But the Titans pulled off a remarkable turnaround in the fifth, scoring five runs from Boulton, Pendry, Lewis, Cole Stallard and Nate Hulse to tie the game at 13, forcing extra innings.

The U10 Douglas County Amateur Baseball Thrashers listen to their coach Rod Zinn hand out special MVP awards for the season. The Thrashers beat the Titans 15-13 in overtime on Thursday at 4-H Wrigley Field.

The Thrashers stepped up to bat in the top of the sixth with the burden of the victory resting on their shoulders. After two strikeouts, the Thrashers rallied behind the bats of Buckingham and Urish.

Then, Thrashers pitcher Easum struck out three Titans for the 15-13 victory.

After the game, coach Zinn handed out season finale awards to the team that he personally created and named for each player.