For awhile it looked as the Javelinas would easily cruise to another victory against the Texas A&M International Dustdevils Saturday afternoon. But the ninth inning became an emotional roller coaster which saw both a blown save and a walkoff hit to give the Hoggies a 4-3 victory.
The Javelinas got on the board first courtesy of some small ball. Coach Gonzales sent Zach Smith to second on a Christian Caudle hit and run. Smith reached third and was knocked in on a fielder’s choice by Jimmy Roche.
After getting into a bit of trouble early on pitcher Hayden Vesely settled in and spun four solid innings of no-run work. He gave up three hits, two walks, a hit by pitch and struck out five.
Even after being relieved on the mound, Vesely contributed. He brought in Brayton Carlson on a triple in the fifth, putting the Javelinas up 2-0.
Brayton Carlson added an RBI the following inning when he was hit by a pitch from Justin Diaz with the bases loaded.
Jako Kelm came back in for the second time in two days and pitched three innings of one-hit ball. He gave up one walk and collected two strikeouts.
In relief came Hunter Lehman, who pitched one inning, collecting two strikeouts before falling apart in the ninth. He gave up singles to the first two Dustdevil batters, before William Mora shot a laser shot home run to the left.
However, the Javelinas struck the final blow in the bottom half of the ninth when Dalton Perry laced a line drive to left which brought in Brayton Carlson all the way in from first.