Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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May 29, 2014

Sunnyvale scores 3 runs in the 7th to stun Grandview, 4-3, in game 1

GRAND PRAIRIE — The Sunnyvale Raiders scored three runs on only one hit in the top of the seventh inning to rally for a 4-3 win over Grandview in game 1 of the Class 2A Region II finals on Thursday at QuikTrip Park.
Bases-loaded walks were the Achilles' heel for the Zebras in the loss as three of the Raiders' four runs came with two outs on bases-loaded walks.
Sunnyvale entered the seventh inning facing a 3-1 deficit as Grandview sophomore pitcher Zach Smith was rolling along. Smith entered the seventh inning with 11 strikeouts and two hits allowed.
But the Raiders' Jake Wilcox reached on a lead-off walk, followed by an infield single from Lawson Ayo. After a passed ball moved the runners to second and third, Wesley Phillips was issued an intentional walk to load the bases with no outs. Another passed ball allowed Wilcox to score from third to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Grandview's Tanner Mitchell came in to try to close things out. After an intentional walk to Ryan Cottingame again loaded the bases with no outs, Mitchell got back-to-back strikeouts.
But Sam Shaver drew a bases-loaded, two-out walk to tie the game at 3-3. A batter later, Brant Taylor gave the Raiders a 4-3 lead on another bases-loaded, two-out walk. Mitchell got out of the inning with a third strikeout. But the damage was done.
The Zebras were only able to get one runner on base via a Sunnyvale error in the bottom of the seventh. Wilcox, who pitched a complete game for the Raiders, struck out the final two Grandview batters to close out the come-from-behind win.
The Raiders' first run also came on a bases-loaded, two-out walk to Jose Castillo in the top of the first inning.

Grandview tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second inning.

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