May 30, 2017 - By Scott Akanewich, Sports EditorA marathon Babe Ruth epic ended with a walk-off bases-on-balls in the bottom of the seventh.
After three-and-half hours and countless pitches, the Giants defeated the Angels by an 18-17 score on Friday night at Riverton Babe Ruth Field.
Jared Olheiser scored the winning run on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh inning to complete a contest in which there were runs scored in every half-inning except the top of the fourth, bottom of the fifth and top of the seventh.
The Angels led 17-15 heading into their final at-bat when the Giants began their comeback.
Olheiser started it with a one-out single to right, followed by another base hit off the bat of Dalten Leach to put runners at the corners, both of whom moved up a base on a wild pitch.
Paxton Rees stepped up with runners on second and third, reaching on an infield single, with a run scoring, which brought up Jude Eppler.
Another ball to the backstop allowed the tying run to cross the plate, and it was 17-17.
Johnny Hilder walked to load the bases. and it was up to Cameron Kazzee for the home side.
Kazzee ran the count full against Angels pitcher Rylan Koehn, then calmly took ball four and a stroll to first base, while Olheiser trotted home with the winning run.
It was the Angels who got out on the front foot early, with four runs in the top of the first.
Lucas Engle led off with a single, followed by a walk to Kameron Murfitt. After an Orion Bell strikeout, Eli Gard and Cole Broadhead singled, and it was 4-0 before the Giants even got a chance to bat.
The home team responded with a single marker, as Rees drew a walk, then came around to score, making it 4-1.
The Angels piled on for five more runs in the top of the second for a 9-1 advantage. Once again, the trio of Engle, Murfitt and Gard banged base hits as part of the offensive assault.
An RBI single by Rhett Stover in the bottom of the second brought the Giants back within 9-3 before Leach lined into an inning-ending double play.
After the Angels put up another pair to take an 11-3 lead, the Giants roared back with five of their own in the bottom of the third, highlighted by a bases-loaded RBI single by Kazzee, followed by a grounder off the bat of Stover, which created chaos, as the ball was thrown around the field sloppily, allowing the bases to clear, which made it 11-8.
From there, the Giants took control of the game, outscoring the Angels, 10-6, over the final four innings of the game, culminating with the winning salvo in the seventh.
Trey Draper was 4-for-5 to lead the Angels, while Leach, Kazzee and Olheiser had three hits each for the Giants.
Angels 4 5 2 0 2 4 0 -- 17
Giants 1 2 5 4 0 3 3 -- 18
Angels - Engle, 3-6; Murfitt, 3-5; Bell, 0-5; Gard, 3-5; Broadhead, 3-3; Soule, 3-3; Friday, 3-4; Koehn, 1-3; Draper, 4-5.
Giants - Leach, 3-4; Rees, 1-2; Eppler, 1-5; DeVries, 1-3; Hilder, 1-3; Kazzee, 3-3; Eppler, 0-2; Cousineau, 1-3; Stover, 2-4; Olheiser, 3-4.
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