Eighth-inning single decides season’s longest game

After winning the first game of a doubleheader Friday (14-9), Neah-Kah-Nie was ready to make the trip to Cloverdale pay off with a sweep.

But Neah-Kah-Nie coach Rob Herder and Nestucca coach Ken Richwine hadto wait a little while to find out the winner of the second game.

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The game was stopped after seven innings with the score tied at 4-4 Friday evening.

On Monday, the two teams returned to finish the game at Nestucca High School.

With Neah-Kah-Nie at bat, the Pirates started the inning off with a hard single by Tye Fitzgerald.

After stealing second, Fitzgerald moved to third and kept going until he scored on Bryce Bridge’s single toright field.

With two runners still on base, a walk loaded the bases, but Wyatt Link was able to get out of the inning with a
strikeout and a dramatic diving grab by firstbaseman Chase Cook for the third
out.

In the bottom of the inning, Pirate ace Bridge got off to a rocky start with two straight balls. Then it was nothing but strikes except for an 0-2 infield hit by Noah Chatelain.

He was left on base as Bridge struck out the next two batters.

The victory gave Neah-Kah-Nie its 10th league win of the season (10-5) while Nestucca fell to 4-9 in the Northwest League.

After hosting Gaston Tuesday, the Pirates close out the regular league season Friday at Gaston.

Nestucca hosts Knappa Friday.






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