The Wilde Lake at Oakland Mills varsity baseball game began at around 4:15 om Monday afternoon.
Three hours, 29 runs and 34 hits later, Wilde Lake (1-1) had prevailed, 15-14, as the sunlight waned on the horizon and temperatures dropped into the 30s.
"It's one of those things where it's early in the season and you've got to work on the small things," Wilde Lake coach Kareem Penn said. "I keep telling them, expect greatness. Expect to win every game, and that's what we talked about before our last at bat."
The game was tight from the first inning to the last. Each team scored once in the first, and Oakland Mills took leads of 2-1 in the second and 4-2 in the third.
Wilde Lake finally broke through with a six-run fourth to go ahead 8-4, but Oakland Mills responded with three runs in the bottom of that inning and then tied it, 8-8, on a Ben Hale single in the bottom of the fifth.
The Scorpions (0-2) seemed to have stolen the momentum when Tim Miles drove a majestic line drive over the left field fence to give his team the 9-8 lead in the bottom of the sixth, but the scoring wasn't even close to over, including another solo home run by Austin Deshales.
Walks, hits and errors led to 12 runs between the two teams in the sixth and seventh. Wildecats junior Wyatt Oler (3BB, 3 R, 3 RBI) roped a two-run double to right center in the top of the seventh, then scored the tying run on a single by sophomore Michael Fontana (4/4, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 SB).
Before the inning was over, Wilde Lake had expanded the lead to 14-11 after a Cuinn Mullins (4/5, 2 R, 2B, BB, SB) triple, a Jeff Jones (2/3, 3 BB, 3 RBI, 2B) RBI single, and a two-run double by Tommy Aubin.
But Oakland Mills would not give up.
The Scorpions put up the necessary three runs to tie it in the bottom of the seventh, with the tying run coming on an RBI single by Ian Holderman, but Wilde Lake center fielder Cuinn Mullins cut down what would have been the game winning run at the plate with a strike from center field.
With the game in extra innings, Oler came through with another big RBI double in the top of the eighth to give his team the lead, then Aubin — who had worked through leg cramps in the seventh inning — worked out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the frame to finally give Wilde Lake the win.
"That's probably the closest game I've ever been in," Oler said. "I was just trying to get on base and score some runs and let the team try to help me out … it feels good this early in the season to get a win like this."
WL (1-1) 101 600 61 - 15 19 2
OM (0-2) 112 313 30 - 14 15 1
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