Chris Kopf went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and scored the winning run in the seventh inning to lead host Davenport to a 6-5 Delaware League baseball victory over visiting Jefferson on Tuesday.
Kopf walked with two outs in the seventh. He stole second and then took third when catcher Dan Wade’s throw went into the outfield. He scored the winning run when the throw from outfield sailed over the third baseman.
Davenport (1-0, 1-0) found an even more bizarre way to score the tying run in the sixth inning.
Andrew DeWitt led off with a single. He advanced to second on Matt Finne’s sacrifice bunt. Pinch-hitter Seth Kelso then struck out, but the ball eluded Wade. DeWitt took off for third and beat Wade’s throw. Kelso didn’t run initially on the dropped third strike, so the third baseman threw to first. DeWitt then went home and beat the return throw to tie the score at 5.
“That’s exactly how I drew it up, by the way,” Davenport coach Jim Wolf said in jest.
Wolf added: “The conditions were horrible, it was cold and the field was sloppy. I think both teams did a pretty job, considering the conditions.”
Wade had two doubles and drove in two runs for Jefferson.
The Wildcats will play South Kortright in a non-league game today at home.
UV 18, Walton 11
Austin Taylor and Andrew Radke each had two hits during a 12-run fourth inning that carried visiting Unadilla Valley to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.
The Storm had 11 hits in the inning.
Taylor finished with three hits and teammate Nate Shackleton had two hits and scored four times.
Dylan Wood went 3-for-4, and Steven Kline and Jared Beach each had two hits for Walton (0-2), which will host Greene today.
The game was called after five innings because of darkness.