Chris Kopf’s three-run home run in the seventh inning lifted visiting Davenport to a 5-3 non-league baseball victory over Edmeston on Saturday.
“We were one strike away,” Edmeston coach Mike Clark said.
With the Panthers (9-1) clinging to a 3-2 lead, winning pitcher Cody Wamsley and Josh Davi singled with one out in the seventh. After a strikeout, Kopf faced a 2-2 count against Linton Wainright.
“Linton elevated a fastball,” Clark said. “It was somewhere between the chest and belt and (Kopf) hit into the pool in left field.”
Edmeston loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but Josh Davi got the final two batters.
“It was a great ballgame,” Clark said. “All the runs were earned and it was a pretty clean game. The two of us will be decent teams for sectionals.”
Wamsley had 10 strikeouts and five walks over six innings. Wainright finished with 14 strikeouts and two walks.
Wamsley and Davi each had three hits and scored twice for Davenport.
Kyle King had three hits and Mike Clark contributed two hits for the Panthers, who will host Laurens today.
Gilboa 4, Stamford 3
Hunter Grace hit a two-run homer and winning pitcher Mike Smith had a two-run double to lead host Gilboa to a non-league victory.
Grace’s homer to left-center in the fourth inning tied the score at 2. Gilboa coach Dan McGlynn estimated the Grace’s third homer of the season traveled around 370 feet.
In the fifth inning, Nick Losito walked with two outs and Zach Perry doubled to send Losito to third. Smith followed with a double to deep center that gave Gilboa a 4-2 lead.
Stamford rallied in the seventh. Matt Anderson’s RBI groundout made it 4-3 and left the Indians with a runner at third and one out. Christian Cooper then got a strikeout and a come-backer to earn the save.