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ADM baseball edges out Ballard in extra-inning thriller

Andrew Brown - Sports Reporter
Dallas County News

It may have taken extra innings to do so, but the ADM baseball Tigers once again captured victory with a 4-2 victory over the Ballard Bombers on the road Monday night.

Across eight hits the Tigers were able to produce their 17th win over a Bombers squad dating back to the 2007 campaign.

It took two runs in the eighth inning to bring home ADM’s ninth overall victory of the game with seven batters getting in on the hitting total. The Tigers recorded at least one hit in six of the eight innings played Monday night. On the scoreboard, ADM ended up drawing first blood in the third inning with Kaden Sutton’s ninth RBI of the season on a sacrifice groundout with the bases loaded. The second run plated for ADM came off of a wild pitch in the fourth inning to give the Tigers what seemed to be all the offense they would need for the game.

Thanks to a pair of runs plated by the host Bombers in the bottom of the seventh, the game continued on for at least one more inning. The game would end up not going any further thanks to even more late-game heroics. Riding a hot bat as of late has been catcher Jaxson Millsap with his fourth straight game with a hit. That hit Monday night ended up plating Cole Williamson from third, and added in with a run via wild pitch by Ballard, ADM struck a late 4-2 lead which they then held out for the victory.

Overall it was another solid offensive night for the Tigers who hit .286 with runners in scoring position. Seven batters recorded at least one hit on the night including Chase Anderson who recorded his third multi-hit outing of the 2020 season. The Tigers pick up the win and a strong offensive night despite eight strikeouts on the night.

On the mound, it was a redeeming performance by Zach Fuller. The senior avenged his initial outing against Ballard by producing a season-high ten strikeouts while issuing just two walks and allowing five hits on the night. Fuller’s pitches were often hard to hit was evident by seven strikeouts where batters have gone down looking. A lot that helped stemmed from the senior starting off an opposing at-bat with a first-pitch strike 73 percent of the time.

The win for the Tigers has now produced a 9-3 record for the team as they head into the rest of the week. Up next on the docket for the Tigers will be 11th meeting against Norwalk dating back to the 2009 campaign on Tuesday, July 7. ADM will be looking to continue the recent trend as the Tigers have taken two out of the last three games against the Warriors. First pitch is set to kick off the game at 7:30 p.m.