Big Inning Swings Game For Sullivan
Sullivan and Eureka traded big innings Saturday, but a six-run outburst in the third inning put the former Post 18 in firm control.
Sullivan 18U overcame a 5-2 deficit and held on for a 10-6 win in the Washington Tournament.
It was Sullivan’s second victory of the season against Eureka.
A three-hit day by Blayten Nolie highlighted Sullivan’s attack.
Nolie scored three times, had an RBI and a walk.
Sam Turilli collected a pair of hits and scored twice with a walk.
Josh Wiese, Justin Lowe, Tyler Hopen and Braden Carey all had hits.
Wiese scored twice and walked.
Lowe and Hopen each drove in a run and scored.
Carey walked twice.
Cooper Beckett walked and drove in a run.
Jordan Rice scored.
Sullivan scored two runs in the first.
Wiese reached on an infield single to second, then scored on Nolie’s first hit of the day.
Turilli followed with a base hit to center and with Beckett batting, a passed ball moved the two runners into scoring position. Beckett grounded out to score Nolie for a 2-0 lead.
Eureka countered with five runs in the second.
After a walk to Ty Hastings and a double by Drew Hansel, Tommy Pratt tied the game with a two-run single. Niko Munk’s bloop single to shallow right scored Pratt to give Eureka a 4-2 edge.
Back-to-back two-out singles by Josh Alexander and Corey Branson gave Eureka a 6-2 lead.
Eureka sent in Zach Justvig to start the third. He walked Wiese, Nolie and Turilli to load the bases. But he got a pop out and strikeout to get just one out away from escaping the jam.
Lowe kept the inning alive with an infield single to score Wiese. Hopen followed with another infield single, bringing the Eagles within 5-4. An error at second, the third straight ball hit to Munk, scored two more runs to give Sullivan a 6-5 lead.
A walk to Carey kept the inning rolling. An error in left scored two more runs. Sullivan led 8-5.
Two more runs followed in the fourth. Nolie and Turilli led off with singles. Nolie went to third and scored on a double steal. Turilli came around to score on an error by the pitcher, Hastings.
Eureka went on to add a run in the fifth on a passed ball.