BANKS — “The best way I can describe it, it was a like a heavyweight fight that went the distance,” said Seaside coach Joel Dierickx, following his team’s 8-7 loss at Banks Tuesday night.
The game was highlighted by five lead changes, with the final lead change coming in the bottom of the seventh on a walk-off single by Hayden Vandehey of Banks with the bases loaded.
Seaside held a 1-0 lead after one inning; the Braves scored twice in the second to take a brief lead, before the Gulls scored four in the top of the third; and Banks scored two in the fourth and two more in the sixth to go in front, 6-5.
Not to be outdone, Seaside scored twice in the top of the seventh to take a 7-6 advantage.
But with one out in the bottom of the seventh, the Braves rallied with a hit batter, followed by a second out, then a single, a walk, an intentional walk to load the bases, and Vandehey’s game-winning single to left, scoring Jared Evans.
Seaside starter Scotty Plampin threw a solid six innings, allowing 10 hits with four strikeouts and two walks before giving way to Brent Walsh in the seventh.
The Gulls had six hits off two Banks’ pitchers, including two hits and three RBIs by Duncan Thompson, with a double. Otto Hoekstre added a double and drove in two runs, and Dawson Blanchard also had two RBIs for Seaside, while the Braves had a home run by Gunnar Partain, and doubles by Casey McGough, Trevor Thiessen and Kylan Taylor.