It was the comeback of all comebacks for Troy Post 43 baseball. Coach Frosty Brown knew his team had time, but his squad had to pull things together.
Trailing 10-3 in the fourth inning, Post 43 made a furious comeback to tie the game at 10, before plating five runs in the 12th inning for a 12-11 victory over Pemberville Post 183.
“Games like this build a team’s character,” Brown said. “We knew we had time because in Legion baseball we play nine innings, and I felt that we could come back it we could stop their early momentum.”
It was a rough start for Troy starter Mitchell Lindsey, giving up two runs in the first inning. But Troy came back when Kiernan Williams drove in a run to cut the lead to 2-1 after one inning.
Three more runs scored for Pemberville to make it 5-1 but again Troy fought back.
Post 43 scored twice in the third to get them right back in the game at 5-3, but it was the fourth that backed Troy into the corner.
Pemberville led 10-3 as Troy then started to make their comeback. As Troy brought in Nick Matney to slam the door for Troy with four shutout innings, their offense came to life.
Cory Cottrell knocked in a run with a double, then scored on a passed ball to cut the deficit to 10-5.
“With the score 10-5, we all knew it was possible,” Brown said.
In the eighth, a pair of Pemberville errors made it 10-6, setting the stage for the big comeback.
In the bottom of the ninth, Peffley walked and moved to third on an error. With one out, sophomore Hunter Cohee lashed a single to center to score a run, and sophomore Kieran Williams followed with another RBI single.
A fielders’ choice made it two outs with two runners on when Cotrell knocked a two-run double to center tying the score at 10 headed to extra innings.
After Pemberville took the lead in the top of the tenth, Brandon Nesbitt again tied the game for Troy with a big hit in the tenth. Two innings later, Nesbitt came through again with the game winning RBI single to give Post 43 the win.
Peffley was 3-6 for Troy, while Nesbitt added four hits and Williams reached base five times with two hits. Cottrell was also 3-6 for Troy.
“Good things happen when a team refuses to give up,” Brown said. “We needed every play in this game and they came through.”