Hastings Five Points Bank found an unconventional way to win in extra innings against Brighton (Colo.) on Wednesday.
In the bottom of the 12th inning, Braedon Valentine stood on third base with one out, and Broc Dreher stood at the plate. Dreher hit a shallow fly ball to right field that wasn’t nearly deep enough to score Valentine on a sacrifice fly. However, the throw home was over the head of the catcher and into the backstop, allowing Five Points to score in walk-off fashion.
Five Points rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning to force extra innings. From there on out, Five Points didn’t muster out a hit in the extra innings, but found other ways to get runners on base.
“We tell them after an at-bat ‘it’s over and it’s time to move on,’ ” FPB assistant coach Ben Reimer said. “I thought we did a good job of that. They (Brighton) had a really good pitcher who was throwing hard, but we were able to get deep in the counts, draw some walks and get his pitch count up. He had to leave, the new guy came in and we capitalized. It was a great job by the guys for staying on it.”