With the wind swirling around the Waco ISD Athletic Complex, routine plays turned into a series of adventures for Bosqueville and Riesel.
The finish was just as unpredictable as the weather.
Riesel rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings, but Bosqueville answered with a pair of ninth inning runs to survive an 8-6 win over the Indians in Thursday night’s Class 2A regional quarterfinal opener.
The best-of-three series will continue at 6 p.m. Friday followed by a game Saturday if necessary at WISD.
Bulldogs left-hander Kolby Clark managed the crazy weather well enough to throw a seven-hitter through five innings as Bosqueville opened up a 6-3 lead.
Still trailing by three runs in the bottom of the seventh, Riesel’s Brooks Embry and Leighton Tindell drew walks from reliever Timothy Brummett. Justin Carpenter drilled a run-scoring single with two outs and Tindell scored on Brummett’s balk.
Jay Bennett singled to right field to score Carpenter with the tying run to send the game into extra innings at 6-6.
But Bosqueville came back with a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to take an 8-6 edge.
Tanner Sepulveda led off with an infield single before Will McClellan walked and reliever Tanner Smith hit Dalton Zander with a pitch to load the bases.
Bray Bird broke the tie with an infield single before McClellan scored on Jase Ayala’s sacrifice fly. Brummett picked up the win in relief as he pitched the final four innings.
Tindell scored the game’s first run for Riesel in the first inning when he reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and came across on Smith’s infield pop that was dropped by Zander at first base.
But Dalton quickly made up for his error in the second inning when he lashed a two-run double off Embry that flew over the head of Carpenter in left field. Sepulveda reached on an error to lead off the inning before Clark reached on an infield single.
Brummett came up with a defensive gem for Bosqueville in the second inning when he caught Jacob Stanford’s fly ball in center field and threw out Bennett at home for the third out after he tagged up at third.
The Bulldogs (23-3-1) pushed their lead to 3-1 in the third when Jacob Bravo walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on second baseman Steven Searcy’s error on McClellan’s grounder.
The Indians (22-6) cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the third when Tindell hit a run-scoring single to push across Embry who had opened the inning with a single.
But the Bulldogs kept extending their lead as Cason Bradberry ripped a two-run single in the fourth inning after Tanner Moncus’ bunt single and Ayala reached on a fielder’s choice.
After picking up Bradberry’s hit, Carpenter’s throw home from right field arrived in plenty of time to the plate but Ayala danced around Tindell’s attempted tag to score the run.
Bosqueville picked up another run in the fifth as McClellan walked and scored on Zander’s sacrifice fly to open up a 6-2 lead.
Riesel cut Bosqueville’s lead to 6-3 in the fifth when Embry tripled for his third hit and scored on Tindell’s double.
With Smith relieving for Riesel, the Bulldogs loaded the bases with one out in the sixth as Brummett and Sepulveda singled and Bravo was hit with a pitch. But Smith struck out McClellan and forced Clark to ground out to end the threat.
McClellan relieved Clark in the sixth but was pulled after walking Bennett. Brummett came in and struck out the side.