The teams were tied 3-all before the Chiefs’ Tanner Norris was walked by Forsyth Central reliever Nik Verbeke in the bottom of the seventh. After Adam Patterson entered the game to run for Norris, he reached second on Frank Ibar’s sacrifice bunt.
Jacob Weems, who hadn’t played in nearly three weeks after being hit in the face with an errant throw, then stepped to the plate and connected for a single to left field that advanced Patterson to third. Daniel Seres drew a walk to load the bases, and Spencer Pfost came in to run for Weems.
Russ McGlamry then came up and put the ball in play, and Verbeke threw the ball home in a bid for the forceout. But the throw was in the dirt, catcher Spencer Peterson couldn’t handle it and Patterson slid in for the winning run.
Sequoyah coach Joseph Jones said his players have been doing a lot of things right and just needed a break, like they got in the seventh inning.
“We are hitting the ball hard,” Jones said. “It only shows three hits up there, but we hit some good line drives and some hard grounders. People are making plays and, frankly, we are hitting them right at them. But we caught a break there at the end. It was a good team effort. They played hard and stayed scrappy”
Sequoyah (10-6, 5-6 Region 7AAAAA) had to fight back early to put itself in position to win.
Forsyth Central (9-8, 5-6) scored a pair of runs in the top of the first off Chiefs starter Preston Barnes.
Singles by Devon Compton and Ian Leeds started the action. Leeds was retired on a fielder’s choice, but the play allowed Compton to score and Nate Short reach first safely. Taylor Bauman then singled to move Short to second, Short advanced to third on a wild pitch and he scored when Michael Branigan was safe on an error.
Sequoyah responded in the bottom of the frame.
Brian Exley started the inning off by reaching first on an error and took second on a wild pitch. Chandler Smith drew a walk before Even Ezell’s single to right loaded the bases. Norris then ripped a ball down the third-base line to drive in both Exley and Smith with no outs.
Any further threat was eliminated, however, when Ibar lined a ball to second, and the Bulldogs turned it into a double play by tagging Norris. Pfost struck out to end the inning.
Both teams scored again in the third.
Singles by Miller Cone, Dee Kelly and Compton loaded the bases for Forsyth Central before Leeds drove in Cone on a fielder’s choice.
Sequoyah’s response was less explosive.
With one out, McGlamry drew a four-pitch walk. Tristan Roberts then walked on five pitches before Verbeke entered in relief of Peterson, the Bulldogs’ starter. Both runners advanced when Verbeke threw a wild pitch, and after inducing a pop out in foul territory, Verbeke threw another wild pitch that allowed McGlamry to score.
With relievers in for both teams, no one scored again until the Chiefs did in the bottom of the seventh.
Roberts, who took the mound in relief in the top of the seventh, earned the win. He faced four batters, striking out two, and allowed one walk.
Sequoyah will enjoy some time off before hitting the road for a game at Riverwood on Thursday.
“Wins are catching,” Jones said, “so it’s not like we are out of it.”