Created on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 Written by AARON LaBATT
Brandan Ross screamed ‘Let’s go!’ as he walked off the mound as Indian Lake prepared to enter the bottom of the seventh inning at home Monday against Benjamin Logan.
That battle cry didn’t go unheard.
Teammate and fellow senior Nate Davis delivered a game-winning RBI with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. That pushed the Lakers to a 4-3 victory and a third consecutive Central Buckeye Conference Mad River division championship.
“It’s an awesome feeling to be able to do that for the team,” said Davis. “It makes all that hard work worth it.”
Staring at a 3-3 tie with two outs, Ross squeezed out a single to get on base. Davis then came up to bat and drove a rocket to the right field wall on a full count.
That sent Ross rounding the bases and the rest of the Indian Lake players exiting the dugout to celebrate their third league title in as many years.
“It feels pretty unbelievable,” said Ross. “We started this as sophomores and we just wanted to keep it going and we did.
“I was confident Nate could bring me home, even though I’m slow,” he added with a laugh.
ABOVE: Indian Lake’s Brandan Ross rounds third base on his way to scoring the game-winning run against Benjamin Logan during the seventh nning Thursday at Indian Lake. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Indian Lake’s Conner Dickerson dives into third base as Benjamin Logan’s Austin Cline waits to make the tag during the sixth inning of their game Monday night at Indian Lake High School. EXAMINER PHOTOS | AARON LaBATT
Indian Lake moves to 12-8 overall and 11-3 in the CBC Mad River division, which gives them a three-game lead with two games left to play.
“These seniors never quit,” said Indian Lake head coach Kevin Eyink. “They’ve been down before in games just like this one and they battle back. They are a tight-knit group of guys. I’d say those are the two big things that has helped make this group successful.”
Having two seniors like Ross and Davis at the plate at a key moment in the game was just what Eyink wanted.
“I definitely felt good with those two guys up there,” said Eyink. “They are two of our better hitters. They are definitely the two guys we would want in that situation.
“You just want to get Brandon to second base to start. Then Nate came up huge for us and we were able to get Brandon home to score. I was very confident those guys could come up big for us when we needed them.”
Indian Lake started the game by building a 2-0 lead after scoring runs in the bottom of the second inning and the bottom of the third inning.
Ben Logan evened the score by driving in two runs in the top of the fourth frame.
In true fighting fashion, the Lakers displayed some toughness in the bottom of the fourth when Dustin Dapice was hit in the ankle by a pitch. He took a few moments to recover at first base, but did not have much more time to recover. That was because after a few pitches, Brennon Lump ripped a shot to deep left center and Dapice was sent hobbling around the bases. He scored and allowed his squad to regain a 3-2 lead.
The bottom of the sixth inning saw Ben Logan’s Collen Pulfer reach base on a double. He later scored to tie the game 3-3.
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