Nov. 6, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- Trailing 8-1 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, the Silver team (1-3) rallied for eight unanswered runs to capture a 9-8 walk-off win over the Cherry team (3-1) in game four of the Cherry-Silver series Friday afternoon at Lobo Field. Junior transfer Trey Horn started and ended the scoring for Silver, sparking the rally with a solo home run in the fifth inning before delivering the game-winning RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Down 8-6 entering the final frame, Silver opened the inning with a walk to Kenny Held, who moved to second on a fly out before trimming the deficit to 8-7 by scoring on an Alex Allbritton single through the right side. Allbritton swiped second and scored the tying run on a Cameron Smith single to right. Smith, the go-ahead run, replicated Allbritton, stealing second to set up Horn's walk-off single up the middle to give Silver its first win of the series.
After Cherry starter Richard Olson to three hits through four innings and the Cherry offense built a 8-1 lead, Silver chased Olson from the game with a four-run fifth, which included Horn's home run and three doubles from Brett Doe, Adam Courcha and Held. Rafael Neda capped the scoring and brought Silver to within 8-5 with an RBI single.
Silver added a single tally in the sixth thanks to a bunt single from Courcha that sent home Smith from third.
Freshman Oscar Almeida picked up the win, keeping the mighty Cherry offense hitless over the final two frames to allow Silver to mount the comeback. Jerome Montoya, who entered in the ninth after working two great outings in the series, was tacked with the loss, surrendering the three runs in the ninth.
Cherry, who entered the fifth inning up 3-1, erupted for five runs in the top of the frame to give them the seemingly commanding lead 8-1 lead. Justin Howard, who reached base in all four at-bats, led off with a double and was cashed in on a Chris Juarez single to right. John Twichell and Jacob Nelson each contributed two-run singles. Twichell paced the Cherry with three hits while Nelson led the way with three RBI.
The series concludes on Saturday, Nov. 6, with a 12 p.m. start from Lobo Field.