<strong>SMITHFIELD—</strong> The Smithfield Blue Sox and Brigham City Peaches went into extra innings Thursday night, but it was the Blue Sox that came away victorious in a thrilling 9-8 victory.
Smithfield came into Thursday’s game on the heels of a hard 6-4 loss to Hyrum Wednesday, and needed a win to take momentum into Saturday’s doubleheader with Logan. The Blue Sox dug themselves into an early hole, as the Peaches started the game batting well. When Smithfield made errors, Brigham City capitalized taking a 3-0 lead in the top of the first.
“We had a meeting before the game,” Smithfield’s Dallen Godfrey said. “We needed to play well by going out and just having fun.”
Smithfield responded quickly. Brennen Reese hit a double and Brandt Reese a single, with Jordan Hansen drawing a walk to load the bases. Chance Randall drew a walk as well to score Smithfield’s first run. Brandt then stole home off of a wild pitch and Hansen was brought home off a sacrifice ground-out to tie the game.
Brigham City struggled in the second inning, only managing to get one man on base off of a walk. Taking the opportunity of a no score inning for the Peaches, Godfrey got on base and stole two bases, before being brought home with a sacrifice fly to center field. The Blue Sox would then load the bases with a single and two walks.
Kash Christensen then drew another walk, leaving the bases still loaded as Smithfield took the lead 4-3. Shawn Olsen then drove the ball past second base for an RBI, and as the Peaches fumbled for the ball, another two runners made it home.
Brigham finally scored again after drawing two walks and getting a single and an error in the top of the fourth, while Smithfield left two men on base to end the inning with an 8-4 lead.
A quiet fifth inning for both teams made the game look almost over, but Brigham City wasn’t finished yet.
In the top of the sixth, Cody Godfrey threw a wild pitch and hit a Brigham City batter. The Peaches next batter hit a single, and then another wild pitch by Godfrey put runners on second and third. Finally, another walk loaded the bases.
Godfrey walked the ensuing batter with four balls and Brigham City’s comeback was on. The Peaches’ next batter blasted the ball to deep center field for a double and scored 3 RBIs to tie the game at 8-8.
“We had too many errors and too many walks,” Blue Sox head coach Vic Bingham said. “That’s how they came back. We walked a few, they made hits, we made errors and they’re back in the ball game.”
The Blue Sox were unable to get anything going in the bottom of the sixth, with Hansen being tagged out at second and Christensen being left on base after drawing a walk.
The top of the seventh started much like the sixth, Godfrey – having pitched a long game – hit the batter and Brigham City followed that with a single to put runners on first and second. Smithfield made a pitcher change and Dallen Godfrey came in to throw two strikeouts and a groundout at first.
“With Dallen coming in and getting three outs,” Bingham said. “It got everyone excited.”
Smithfield batted three-up and three-down in the seventh though, to send the game to extra innings.
Again The Peaches were stopped from scoring the eighth as Smithfield forced a tough double play.
With only a score away from winning Brennen Reese singled to first, a sacrifice bunt pushed him to second, and a wild pitch allowed him to steal third. With a man on first and third the Blue Sox were a run away from winning and an out away from giving the Peaches another chance.
Christensen stepped up to the plate and fouled his first pitch, and then swung and missed his second. With two strikes on the board, the crowd fell silent as the third pitch was delivered. The silence was broken by the ping of a bat connecting with a ball, and followed by cheers as Christensen hit the ball just over the second baseman for a walk-off RBI.
“The defense played better than I pitched,” Dallen Godfrey said. “The game belongs to them.”
Smithfield will now have a day off before playing Logan in a doubleheader Saturday.