Down to their last three outs, and trailing 4-3 against division rival Trinidad, the Garden City Wind came up with perhaps their most dramatic victory of the 2016 summer season.
Tuesday night, at Clint Lightner Stadium, Clay Ardeeser delivered a 2-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Wind a 5-4 victory over the Triggers.
With only two games remaining in the regular season, the Wind, who were cellar dwellers just a year ago in their first season, have now clinched the North Division of the Pecos League.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Wind put two runners on with two outs but the inning ended with a strikeout. And so it came down to their final at-bat, and Beau Welborn singled on a 3-2 pitch to set the table for Ardeeser’s big blast.
The Triggers got on the scoreboard first with a single run in the top of the third. They got a double, a walk and two groundouts to make it 1-0.
The Wind answered quickly, when Beau Welborn grounded out to score Nick Frances, who had opened the inning with a single.
Trinidad came right back with a single run in the fourth on a throwing error.
Garden City scored twice in the bottom of the sixth, when Ryan Cooper and Eli Roundtree had back to back singles, went to second and third on a wild pitch, and then scored on a 2-run single by DJ Carr.
The see-saw affair continued into the eighth when Trinidad’s opened with a solo home run, tying the score at 3 off reliever Craig Jaquez. Then, it was the Triggers’ Brian Frazier following up with another blast off Jaquez, giving Trinidad a 4-3 lead.
The Triggers had 11 hits to the Wind’s 10 hits. Cameron Powers picked up the win while Monda was the loser.
The win boosted the Wind’s record to 38-24 while the Triggers fell to 33-29. The teams continue their four-game series at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.
No outs when winning run scored.
WP—Powers; LP—Monda. 2B—TRI (Cuyos); GC (Ethington). HR—Trinidad (Baker, Frazier), Garden City (Ardeeser). LOB—Trinidad 10, Garden City 11.