But if a few Tiger mistakes allowed North to take control, the T-Wolves returned the favor. Threatening to add to their lead in the bottom of the fourth with runners on first and second, the Timberwolves hit into a double play and had a runner picked off trying to sneak home.
The triple play swung the momentum into NHS’ favor, and the Tigers struck back in the fifth. A pair of walks and a well-executed bunt loaded the bases for NHS, and a fielding error allowed two runs to score. Dax Marley followed up with a hard hit to left field, and North’s third error of the game brought in two more to put the Tigers on top.
“It’s a game of momentum, and that triple play gave them all of it,” Aylor said. “That’s a huge momentum shift because of self-inflicted wounds on our part.”
But Gasso came through at the plate in the bottom half of the inning. He doubled to bring in Herron to tie the game, and Austin Taylor followed up with a sharp ground ball to first base that allowed Gasso to come across the plate and provide the winning margin.
“It wasn’t our best baseball today, but we had the will to win,” Gasso said. “In a game like this it’s always going to be close and there’s going to be mistakes, but that was the difference. This is a big boost for us.”
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