It was in the sixth inning when things began to get interesting. After North escaped the top half of the inning when Gasso picked off a runner at first base, Nick Basquine led off the bottom half of the frame with a single to right field. The Timberwolves followed up with what has become a hallmark of Aylor’s teams — a pair of bunts for singles. Austin Taylor followed followed by hitting into a double play, but it also scored the game’s first run and gave the T-Wolves the lead.
After the Millers tied it, North responded. For the second day in a row, the Timberwolves took control of the game late. This time it was Ryan McDaniel doubling off the left-field wall. Next up was Tyler Bottoms, who sent a hard liner back at Benge, who stopped it and fired low to third. It skipped past the base and allowed the Timberwolves to score the winning run.
“These kids could have quit after being down to that last out, but they didn’t,” Aylor said. “That’s what they do; what they’ve done all year. They fight.”
There’s just one fight left, and it will come at 6 p.m. today in Shawnee with a state title on the line.
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