Hounds advance to final day undefeatedPublished 10:30am Sunday, June 26, 2011
Tyler Leopold’s two-out single in the bottom of the 11th inning catepaulted the Austin Greyhounds into the final day of the Spamtown Challenge as the tournament’s only undeafeted team Saturday evening.
For the second time in the game the Hounds rebounded from a deficit, this time scoring three runs in the final frame to erase a 6-4 lead by the Kewaskum, Wis. A’s.
The two teams were locked at 4-4 going into extra innings and when international rules were inacted that first put a runner at second going into the 10th inning and then putting runners at second and third for the 11th.
The runners represented the final outs of the inning before.
Kewaskum took their two-run lead in the top half of the 11th both Ty Schill and Matt Meisenheimer scored.
The A’s were poised to end the Greyhounds’ streak in the bottom half of the inning. With Austin’s final two outs of the 10th inning, Nick Bowe and Bryan Toov on second and third, A’s pitcher Jim Ziegler struck out Matt Cano.
Andy Swank drew a walk to load the bases, but Nick Rohne grounded out for the second out leaving the Hounds with just their final out even though the ground-out scored Bowe from third to make it 6-5.
That’s when Leopold got his pitch.
“It was getting pretty intense,” Leopold said afterwards. “I knew he was coming with fastballs the entire time.”
Leopold drove Ziegler’s pitch to center scoring Toov and Swank to gain the win.
“It’s good to win three,” Leopold said. “This is the best we’ve played all year.”
Austin held a 4-0 lead despite a rough first inning.
Greyhounds pitcher Zach Schara gave up back to back singles to Meisenheimer and Austin Sarauer and then gave up a walk to load the bases.
Schara rebounded however with back to back strikeouts and fielded a hard bouncer back to the mound for the third out.
“There’s a level of adrenilne that goes into it,” Schara said. “I tend to get it a little bit up in the zone.”
Schara settled down after that and struck out six of the next seven batters he faced. Schara would go five and a third innings and recorded nine strikeouts and gave up six hits.
The Greyhounds led 3-0 going into the sixth inning when Kewaskum scored four runs to take a 4-3 lead.
In the bottom half of the same inning though the Greyhounds came back to tie the game when Dan Zielke doubled down the third base line bringing Bowe around from first base who avoided tag inside on the throw to the plate.
“I was looking fastball and got a good pitch to hit,” Zielke said.
Austin’s Alex Kasak got the win in relief.
The Greyhounds are playing this morning for a chance to play in the tournament’s championship game.