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Oakdale Mavericks turn the tables on Woodbury Blue
Oakdale 9 - Woodbury 7
Playing in their second game in as many days, the Woodbury Post 501 baseball traveled to Tartan Field Wednesday, July 16 to do battle with the Oakdale Mavericks.
In an about-face from the day before, Oakdale came from behind to post a 9-7 win.
“It was a nice comeback for us. After yesterday, we finally are on the winning side for a change,” Oakdale manager Doug Berfeldt said with a smile. “This is a feisty bunch who hasn’t really quit in any game that we’ve been in. Until tonight we’ve just had bad luck.
“Hopefully, this will give us some momentum as we get ready for the playoffs,” Berfeldt said.
“I guess it was their turn to come back on us,” said Woodbury manager Brian Palkovich. “We feel we let it get away from us. Those three errors on that one play kind of gave them the momentum.
“We just made too many mental errors like no one covering first base. Once they got rolling, they didn’t stop.”
Palkovich referred to a play in the fifth inning, when the Mavericks had the bases loaded. A come-backer to the pitcher amounted to a force at home. But from then on the play went downhill for Woodbury. An overthrow at first let a run come in. Another overthrow at second was turned into a third error when the ball was relayed back home with a wild peg that allowed a total of three Maverick runs.
The plays in the fifth led to five runs that cut into the Blue’s 7-0 lead. (Woodbury had scored in the second, third and fourth innings.)
In the fifth Connor O’Sullivan and Nolan Russell walked. Tommy Hanson banged a single into shallow right field to load the bases with Mavericks.
Then came the shot back to the pitcher by Ricky Weingartner. O’Sullivan was forced at home. The next series of errors allowed Russell and Hanson to score. Chad Tschida was walked and Eric Reddy singled. Nathan Witzel banged a single and Andrew Graven followed with a shot to right field and suddenly the Mavericks had five runners touch home plate.
In the sixth the Mavericks put the finishing touches on their comeback. Russell banged a double into the left center field gap. Hanson and Eric Winter walked to load the bases. Reddy then unleashed a shot into right field for a three-run triple that pushed the Mavericks into the lead for the first time, 8-7.
A couple of pitches later Reddy came home on a wild pitch that put the 9-7 score on the board that would provide the Mavericks with the come-from-behind triumph.
Wally Wakefield can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.