Caucasians Outlast Bobby Brown in Seven Innings, Win 6-5 on Morrison Walk-Off

12 Jun
Morrison continues to deliver for the Caucasians, as his walk-off inside-the-park home run gave the Caucasians the win in extra innings

Morrison continues to deliver for the Caucasians, as his walk-off inside-the-park home run gave the Caucasians the win in extra innings

Just a game after the first extra innings game of 2012 was completed, the Caucasians went back-and-forth with Bobby Brown before ultimately coming out on top when Morrison’s walk-off inside-the-park home run put them ahead 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh.

The Caucasians started their ace, Guthrie, on the mound. He retired Mark, who grounded out to right, for the first out of the inning. But with one out, Brad came to the plate and crushed a ball over the left-center field fence for a solo homer, putting Bobby Brown ahead 1-0 early. Guthrie avoided giving up a big inning, retiring free-agent acquisition Mike for the second out of the inning.

Bobby Brown sent Mark to the mound. He had been hit heavy in previous outings, but pitched well early. He got the league’s hottest hitter, Morrison, to groundout to left for the first out of the inning. After Guthrie singled with one out, Les grounded out to Brad in left, stranding the runner and ending the inning.

Guthrie pitched a perfect top of the second, as Mark and Brad grounded out consecutively to end the inning with the score 1-0.

Mark matched Guthrie in the bottom half of the inning. Ron led off the inning with a single, but Mark stranded him as Morrison and Guthrie were each retired by Brad, maintaining Bobby Brown’s 1-run lead.

Guthrie continued to roll in the top of the third, as Mike and Mark were retired in order.

Mark showed his first sign of weakness in the bottom of the third, as the Caucasians would even things up quickly. Les singled to lead off the inning, and when Ron followed with a single, Les rounded the bases, scoring from first and tying the game at 1-1. Morrison followed with a double, putting runners on second and third with no outs. But Mark buckled down and escaped without more damage, as Guthrie and Les each flew out to the mound, stranding both runners.

With the game tied at 1-1, Brad hammered Guthrie again, as he led off the inning with a solo blast, his second of the game, putting Bobby Brown back on top 2-1. Bobby Brown couldn’t add more runs, however, as Mike and Mark each grounded out to end the top of the fourth.

The Caucasians bounced back in the bottom of the fourth, starting with Ron, who doubled to lead off the inning. Morrison capitalized, slamming a 2-run bomb to left-center, which put the Caucasians ahead 3-2. After Guthrie grounded out for the first out of the inning, Les singled with one out, but Mark stranded him at first by retiring Ron to end the inning.

Morrison crushes a bomb as the Bobby Brown fielders watch it sail

Morrison crushes a bomb as the Bobby Brown fielders watch it sail

Guthrie was pitching well, but couldn’t get one past Brad. He led off the top of the fifth with another blast, his third of the game, and tied the game at 3-3. Mike and Mark were retired consecutively to end the inning, but the Caucasian lead had been blown.

The Caucasians couldn’t get it back in the bottom of the fifth. Morrison grounded out to left for the first out of the inning, and after Guthrie singled, Mark retired Les, who also grounded out to Brad, to end the inning.

Brad had one of the finest field performances of the 2012 season against the Caucasians, recording 10 putouts

Brad had one of the finest field performances of the 2012 season against the Caucasians, recording 10 putouts

With the score tied at 3-3, Brad continued to hit Guthrie, leading off the top of the sixth with a single. He moved to second when Mike followed with a one-out single, and Mark came to the plate with runners on first and second and no outs. He singled off the wall, driving in Brad from second and putting Bobby Brown ahead 4-3. Guthrie finally retired Brad for the first out of the inning, and the runners moved to second and third on the plate. Bobby Brown had two runners in scoring position, but Mike couldn’t deliver, as Guthrie retired him to end the inning and hold Bobby Brown to only a single run.

Guthrie pitched well, but could not pitch around Brad, who pounded him for 3 solo homers

Guthrie pitched well, but could not pitch around Brad, who pounded him for 3 solo homers

The Caucasians needed a run to stave off the upset by Bobby Brown, and they started the inning right when Ron doubled. Morrison followed with a double, helped by fielding errors, but Ron couldn’t only advance to third. The Caucasians had the tying run on third, the winning run on second, and no outs. The next batter, Guthrie, hit a towering fly ball to left field. It fell short of the fence, as Brad caught it for the first out of the inning, but Ron raced home on the sacrifice fly, tying the game at 4-4. Mark retired the next batter, Les, stranding Morrison at second and sending the game to extra innings.

Bobby Brown got right to work in the extra frame, as Mark led off the top of the seventh with a single. Brad continued to come through for Bobby Brown, lining a single into the tree in left, as Mark raced around from first to score, putting them ahead 5-4. The next batter, Mike, grounded out to left, advancing Brad to second with one out. The Bobby Brown rally ended there, however, as Mark grounded out to Ron in right field to end the inning.

Guthrie delivers a pitch as Brad looms over him at second base in the top of the sixth

Guthrie delivers a pitch as Brad looms over him at second base in the top of the sixth

The Caucasians were down a run heading into the bottom of the seventh, and they needed one more rally to avoid the loss. For the third time in the final four innings, Ron led off the inning with a base hit, a single, and the tying run was on first. Morrison, who has crushed homers all season, came to the plate as the winning run. He didn’t hit a blast out of the park, but hit a liner off the fence, and after a series of fielding errors, he and Ron both raced the entire way around the bases for an inside-the-park two-run walk-off homer. The Causians, who had trailed multiple times in the game, had come from behind to beat Bobby Brown 6-5 in extra innings.

Ron and Morrison race around the bases in what would become the game-winning inside-the-park homer

Ron and Morrison race around the bases in what would become the game-winning inside-the-park homer

The win moved the Caucasians to 6-4 on the season, while the loss dropped Bobby Brown to 3-7.

W: Guthrie (4-2)
L: Mark (0-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Ron and Morrison led the Caucasians offensively. Ron went 5 for 6 with 3 singles, 2 doubles, 3 runs scored, and an RBI while recording 6 putouts in the field. Morrison went 4 for 7 with 2 doubles, 2 homers, 2 runs scored, 4 RBI, and 5 putouts.
– Brad led Bobby Brown at the plate, going 5 for 7 with 2 singles, 3 homers, 4 runs scored, and 4 RBI while putting together what may have been the best fielding performance of the 2012 season. He was all over the wiffle diamond, recording 10 of a possible 12 putouts.

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