By Bradley Young
Noah Anderson hit a walk-off single down the left-base line in the bottom of the seventh inning for the second time in as many days, and the George Mason High School JV baseball team rallied from a six-run deficit to beat visiting Wilson High School 10-9 last Thursday night.
The Mustangs (3-1) got on the board first behind the bats of freshman Logan Nesson and sophomore Gabe Terry. Nesson led off the bottom of the first with a double to left field and then advanced to third base on a passed ball. Terry then went to plate with two outs and drilled a ball into left-centerfield for a stand-up RBI double for the 1-0 lead.
After giving up four runs to the Tigers, Mason plated two runs in the fifth inning to make it a one-run game behind a double by Daniel Schlitt. But Wilson responded again, piecing together a five-run inning in the top of the sixth on only two hits to keep the pressure on the Mustangs.
But the ‘Stangs still had some magic from the previous night’s comeback victory.
Cole Casteel started a rally with a lead-off double placed perfectly down the left-field line in the bottom of the sixth. After back-to-back walks loaded the bases, Casteel then stole home after Devon Thomas was picked off first base to get the first run of the inning scored. A hit-by-pitch and a single by Anderson reloaded the bases before Jake Abruzzi picked up an RBI walk and Nesson followed by scoring on a passed ball to bring the score to 9-6.
Terry got on base via walk to load the bases once again for Mason, and Davis Hagigh hit a towering fly ball to right that caught the wind and fell for an RBI base hit. Casteel came up again in the bottom half of the inning and picked up an RBI walk to cut the lead to one before Terry bolted for home plate on a wild-pitch to even the score at 9 heading into the final frame.
With the score even in the last inning, Mason turned to Schlitt on the mound to keep the Tigers off base. Two groundouts and a strike out on a paralyzing breaking ball retired the side in quick fashion to hold momentum for the Mustangs.
Thomas and Nesson started off the bottom half of the final inning with two hard hit balls that the Tigers defense could not handle, putting runners on second and third base with no outs and Anderson coming to the plate. After playing the hero in the comeback victory over John Champe the night before, Anderson laced a full-count pitch just past the third baseman for a walk-off RBI single to complete the Mason comeback and win 10-9.
Schlitt (1-1) picked up the win for the Mustangs, striking out one batter in one inning of work. Terry started on the mound for Mason and gave up one earned run in 3.1 innings of work, striking out three. Nesson and Abruzzi also pitched in relief, combining for three strikeouts.
Terry led the Mustangs at the plate with a 2-for-2 day, two walks, and two runs scored.