Geddes falls to Wynot, Neb.
Geddes pitcher Willy Meis learned one major detail about the Wynot Expos amateur baseball team on Tuesday night: don't pitch to centerfielder Lee Heimes with runners on base and the game on the line.
Unfortunately for Meis, he learned that too late, and Wynot defeated Geddes 9-5.
With Geddes leading by one run in the seventh inning, Heimes stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and delivered a double over the center fielder's head into right center field. That gave gave Wynot a 5-3 lead, and the Expos never looked back.
Leading by three runs in the top of the eighth, Heimes hit a 3-run home run over the right fielder's head. Sprinting around first base while the ball was carrying to the fence, Heimes said he didn't think the ball would go out. Luckily, for Heimes, this game was played on the smaller Drake Field.
"On (Cadwell) it wouldn't have been out," Heimes said. "It was nice that the guys got on in front of me, too. They gave me a chance to hit them in."
Meis struck out 15 Wynot hitters including everyone in the starting lineup except Heimes. Meis placed his fastball to set up hitters and finished many of them off with his curveball. He proved to be strong even in late innings, combining for four strike outs in the seventh and eighth innings.
"I tried to get up early in the count," Meis said. "It really hurts to lose like that. Heims hit some good pitches. I threw him outside and when he hit it, I thought it was a routine pop up. The wind must have carried it."
Wynot got out to an early lead in the first inning when Nick Hegge and Heimes reached base. Then, a soft hit that seemed to jam Wynot hitter Drew Lawrence found its way through the infield and gave the Expos a 2-0 lead.
Geddes took the lead in the bottom of the third when Tyson Dyk hit a three run triple to right center field with two out.
Geddes failed to score again until the bottom of the ninth, when the Ballrockers trailed 9-3. Right fielder Brian Oberbrokling opened the inning with a hard line drive that bounced out of Wynot left fielder Chase Rolfes' glove. Travis Gant followed with a single, and Oberbrokling scored on a fielder's choice during the next at bat.
Dyk came up later in the inning, frustrated from his previous at bat in the seventh when he hit a rope to the left fielder with runners on first and third and a chance to cut away at Wynot's lead.
"I was down on myself," Dyk said. "I knew we needed a big hit there and I hit it right at him."
Again in the ninth, Dyk hit the ball hard, but again it was right at someone. A deep fly ball to the centerfielder got his team within four runs, but that's the closest the Ballrockers got.
Gant was the only player for Geddes who had more than one hit, and Bill Guenther earned the win for the Expos.