WHITNEY — One run down entering the bottom of the seventh inning, Timothy Brummett stepped to the plate for Bosqueville.
After watching one strike go by, Brummitt crushed a triple deep in the outfield to get things started for the Bulldogs.
But all the excitement inside the Bosqueville dugout stayed bottled up as the next two Bulldog batters popped out to second and struckout.
With one more out remaining, Will McClellan hit a line drive up the middle that took a bounce before the shortstop caught it which allowed McClellan to reach first safely and Brummitt to cross home plate to tie the game at five and force extra innings.
Bosqueville never gave up throughout the second game of the regional quarterfinals, despite dropping the game in eight innings to Muenster 7-5 Saturday morning in Muenster.
“It was unbelievable,” Bosqueville coach Kevin Bartley said. “My heart was racing. My mind was racing, and I was trying to get the kids to calm down. I just said, ‘Slow the game down. Take some breaths. Let’s try to get this game back even.’ I was really hoping we could have pulled it out in the seventh inning, though.”
The fight for Bosqueville didn’t start in the latter half of the game.
It started immediately after the Bulldogs lost, 18-10, to the Hornets the day prior.
“I’m deeply proud of them,” Bartley said. “Yesterday was a tough day, a little over three hours yesterday. It was a hard fought battle. Muenster’s got a really good team.”
This fight has been a common theme for Bosqueville all season long.
It’s the Bulldogs’ hard work that got them this far in the playoffs.
“We’ve had our ups and downs, roller coaster rides,” Bartley said. “We had some issues. We’ve had a lot of adversity. We worked through it. We’ve had to move players around at times, play different positions. We worked back and got our position players back. It’s been a trying year. It was very hard this year but proud of them for the work that they’ve done.”
The Bulldogs took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second.
With the wind blowing, not even Bartley could hear the call from the umpire behind him, but Blayne Jones was called for the balk which allowed a run to come home for Bosqueville.
Muenster tied things up the following inning as Cason Bradberry walked a batter with the bases loaded.
The game stayed knotted up at one until the Hornets opened things up in the top of the fourth with three runs scored to take a 4-1 lead.
Bosqueville came right back an inning later with three runs of its own to tie things up once again.
“I was proud of them that they came out and fought,” Bartley said. “They didn’t give up. They could have easily done that. That hasn’t been our character. We don’t give up easy. I was proud of them. When we got down we fought back, got the lead, lost it. They never quit. I’m very proud of them for that.”
Muenster scored a run in the top of the sixth which set up the big inning for Bosqueville in the seventh and forced extra innings.
With one out, Kagen Danglemayr was walked. He didn’t stay on the bases long, though, as Jones blasted a triple to put Muenster up by one.
With Jones 90 feet away, a single up the middle by Carson Cheaney was enough to give the Hornets a two-run lead, one that Bosqueville failed to match in the bottom of the frame.