The College Station White walked off with Little League District 33’s Senior Minor B Baseball championship, grabbing a 13-10 victory over College Station Grey on Monday night at Bachmann Park.
The back-and-forth game, which had five lead changes, needed extra innings after the Grey tied the game at 8 in the bottom of the fifth with time expired. The White took control in the extra frame by scoring five runs, the maximum in the 9- and 10-year-old division. The first five batters walked with Troop Giles and Samuel Anderson getting credit for runs batted in, as Eli Hawkins and Branson Rice scored. The last three runs scored on wild pitches, including two on one play.
The White put itself in position to possibly tie or win the game by having four of its first four batters reach. Grant Pickens and Wyatt Jordan both singled and after a strike out, Weston Kinnard was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jace Zimmerman had an RBI single, but White was able to throw out a runner trying to get back to second on the play. Another run also scored on the play to pull Grey within three, but two were out.
Hunter Powers walked to bring up potentially the tying run, but White moved Logan Abbott to the mound and the team’s starting shortstop struck out the Grey’s No. 12 batter in the order to end the game. In Senior Minor B Baseball, teams bat 12 instead of the traditional nine.
Grey, which lost 7-2 to White in the first game of the tournament, scored runs in the third and fourth to take short-lived leads, then was down to its last strike in the fifth when Charlie Glenewinkel singled to right field, scoring Blake Burleson, who had walked. Glenewinkel was 2 for 3 with three runs batted in and snared a line drive at third base. Glenewinkel, Harrison Hundl and Wyatt Jordon had RBI singles in the first to give Grey a 3-1 lead.
The White answered with three runs in the second as Rice, Anthony Hedge and Giles had walks while Anderson and Gage Banks had singles. The White scored its last two runs of the inning on back-to-back wild pitches, but cost itself a chance to possibly score more when its batter was called for interference to end the inning when the catcher threw to third trying to retire a runner.
The White, trailing 6-4, loaded the bases in the fourth on walks to Bennett Crumpler and Rice sandwiched around a single by Hawkins. Grey moved to the mound Glenewinkel, who struck out two batters, but a pair of wild pitches tied the game. A nice play by Grey catcher Wyatt Jordan on a bunt ended the inning.
White second baseman Banks had a pair of assists in the second inning. White’s defense also came up big in the fourth, retiring runners at third and home as the Grey could score only once, despite getting three hits and two walks.
The White’s Jeb Granberry had a single and a couple solid innings behind the plate while Abbott, who also had a single, started a crucial double play in the fifth while at short.
Left-hander Charlie Spivey was the winning pitcher with 2 2/3 innings.
The White claimed the second District 33 title. Bryan United defeated College Station on Sunday night to grab the Intermediate Baseball title.
In Junior Minor Baseball action Monday night at Bachmann, Bryan Harvey Blue defeated College Station White 8-0 in the losers’ bracket final in the 13-team division. Harvey Blue will play unbeaten College Station Maroon at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The two met in the winners’ bracket final with CS taking a 12-0 victory.