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GreyWolves blow eight-run lead in 9th, lose in extras

07/22/2017 11:26 PM

Gresham, Ore. -- The Gresham GreyWolves returned home to Oslund Field on Saturday night after a sweep in Bend and fell in heartbreaking fashion 14-12 to the Victoria HarbourCats in Gresham, Oregon.

Gresham scored first in the second inning when Tony Gudino singled in Jackson Overlund with two outs to give the GreyWolves a 1-0 lead. It would not last for long, though, as the HarbourCats scored four times in the third inning against Gresham starter Robert Reaser. An error allowed two of the four runs to score in the frame.

The GreyWolves responded quickly, though, with two runs in the third inning when Ryan Novis hit a two-run home run to bring Gresham to within a run. Reaser fired a scoreless top half of the fourth inning and the GreyWolves took a three-run lead in the bottom half with four more runs. Thoreson opened the frame with a home run and Gudino, Cameron Briggs, and Mike Peabody all drove in runs.

Gresham scored another in the fifth, two more in the sixth, and added two more in the eighth to take a 12-4 lead into the ninth inning. Reaser threw five innings and allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits while striking out seven and walking four. He was in line for the win until Victoria's ninth-inning comeback.

Daniel Caruso faced seven batters in the ninth inning and all seven reached base and scored. Caruso allowed four walks and three singles before being replaced by Dakota Weindel in the inning. The first two batters singled off Weindel and with one out a sacrifice fly brought in the tying run in the ninth inning.

Tied 12-12, Drew Curtis and Briggs drew walks but Cole Weaver grounded out to second base to end the inning and force extra innings. Po-Hao Hwang then led off the top of the 10th inning with a double. Cole Weiss then singled to put runners on the corners with no outs. Weindel then struck out the next two batters. The next batter, Shane McGuire, grounded a ball to first base that took a bad hop over the head of Briggs and bounced into right field to drive in both runs and give the HarbourCats a 14-12 lead.

Jake Palmer led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a double, but the next three batters were retired to end the game. The loss snaps Gresham's three-game winning streak and the GreyWolves fall to four games behind the Cowlitz Black Bears in the race for first place in the West Coast League South Division.

Game two of the series against Victoria is scheduled for Sunday at 5:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast on