Ferris sweeps Mead series
The first 11 innings were essentially batting practice masquerading as a baseball game when Ferris and Mead faced off in their two-game Greater Spokane League series that began Friday and concluded Monday at Ferris.
Between them, the teams wore out home plate, scoring a combined 48 runs in those 11 innings.
Ferris had won a wild 17-16 nine-inning victory in the first game Friday and two innings on Monday was harbinger of more to come when the Panthers opened with a six-run first inning, but trailed 9-6 after two.
Mead’s bats died at the arm of Saxons pitcher Matt Hare, who, after the rocky start, threw no-hit ball for five innings. The hosts increased their lead to five runs, but hung on by the skin of their teeth to win 11-9 after Mead scored three in the seventh inning and had the tying runs on base when the marathon ended.
In the two games, the teams piled up 53 runs on 53 hits and pitchers walked or hit more than 20 batters.
Ferris coach Jim Sharkey said he couldn’t remember when, or if, anything like that had happened before. Sharkey watched things from afar Monday, having been ejected the game before.
In Mead’s electrifying six-run start, number nine hitter Josh Tower singled in two runs and Darian Barlow followed with an RBI hit in his second at-bat of the inning.
Ferris erupted for seven runs in the second to take the lead for good. It began with leadoff hitter Tanner Parker’s three-run triple.
“They were playing me to pull the ball so I was just looking to the opposite field,” Parker said. “On the triple I saw fastball and hit it over their head.”
The Saxons second baseman finished the day a home run shy of the cycle with five runs batted in.
Right fielder Aaron Beaulaurier got the homer, however, a two-run blow that ended the scoring barrage. He would finish a triple away from the cycle.
Hare, after hitting a batter to open the second inning, retired six Panthers in a row and kept them hitless and scoreless through six despite five walks.
“The big thing,” said acting coach Joe Everson, “is he was able to throw his off-speed pitches for strikes. When you get ahead it’s a huge difference in confidence level. He competes.”
During Mead’s seventh-inning comeback against reliever Griffin Davis, Matt Nelson hit a two-out, two-run double. But Davis fanned Jordan McGowan with two men on.
Next up for the Saxons (12-4 and tied with Mt. Spokane for second place) is a season-ending set Wednesday and Thursday with Gonzaga Prep (15-1). The Bullpups clinched the GSL championship Monday by beating University 6-3.
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