Royal falls to Warden in extras on wacky final play

Print Article

  • Connor Vanderweyst/Sun Tribune Wade Visker (5) celebrates with teammate Ryan Arredondo after scoring in the 11th inning against Royal.

  • 1

    Connor Vanderweyst/Sun Tribune Royal starting pitcher Kevin Reyes delivers to the plate against Warden.

  • Connor Vanderweyst/Sun Tribune Wade Visker (5) celebrates with teammate Ryan Arredondo after scoring in the 11th inning against Royal.

  • 1

    Connor Vanderweyst/Sun Tribune Royal starting pitcher Kevin Reyes delivers to the plate against Warden.

WARDEN — Wade Visker’s prime objective was to make enough contact to score Holden Haworth from third base.

Visker launched a towering fly ball that fell behind the Royal outfield. Officially scoring a triple, Haworth easily made it home, Kaden Skone went from first to home and Visker touched them all in a walk-off inside-the-park home run to beat Royal in 11 innings 7-6.

“I was just trying to hit a pop fly, ya know? Trying to get my runner on third to tag up ... so I was just looking for something I could drive and it happened to go in the gap,” Visker said. “I just kept on running and coaches kept on waving me on.”

Warden’s dugout exploded onto the field while the Royal players looked on in shock as their two-run lead vanished with one swing of the bat.

It’s a shame this series was played so early in the season. The Cougars took two of three, but every contest was decided by two or fewer runs. Tuesday’s thriller could have gone to either side multiple times.

“We hit the ball well all game,” Warden head coach Travis Visker said. “And then towards the latter part of the game we got our people in positions where we needed to be and then we just had base-running mistakes. We got a little over aggressive when we needed to and kind of ran ourselves out of about three innings there.

“The thing I preach with these guys is I want your best and don’t you ever quit on me because I’m never going to quit on you guys.”

Warden didn’t quit.

Neither did Royal, for that matter.

The Cougars had a shot to walk off earlier with the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh inning.

Rodrigo Ozuna stole home plate to tie the game 4-4 and, after an intentional walk, Julian Egia stepped up to the plate with a chance to win the game. Instead, Egia lined into a double play and Kaden Skone was caught stealing home for the elusive triple play to force extra innings.

Egia responded with 5 2/3 innings of relief, allowing for Visker’s late-game heroics.

“It kind of takes the wind out of your sails for a second, but you’ve got to regroup and you’ve got to come back and keep fighting back,” Travis Visker said. “The game’s not over at that point. We did what we had to do. We tied it up that inning and we were able to just keep battling and come back and eventually get the win.

“My hat’s off to Royal City. They don’t quit either.”

Box score

R 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 — 6

W 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 — 7

Warden highlights: Wade Visker 3x4, 1 R, 1 RBI; Ryan Arredondo 1x3, 1 R, 1 RBI; Holden Haworth 1x4, 1 R, 1 RBI

Royal highlights: Sawyer Jenks 2x5, 2 R, 2 RBI

Print Article

Read More Sports

Former Othello baseball star Alix Garcia looks forward to his final season

August 13, 2019 at 8:46 pm | Columbia Basin Herald MOSES LAKE — Former Othello baseball star Alix Garcia looks to build on his first season playing at Oklahoma State University. Garcia transferred to Oklahoma State for his junior year this past spr...

Comments

Read More

A chance to explore Ginkgo Petrified Forest

August 08, 2019 at 8:27 am | Columbia Basin Herald VANTAGE — Just past the Columbia River off I-90 rests the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park. The park presents a key stop for those interested in the Ice Age Floods that helped carve out the region....

Comments

Read More

Barracudas finish season 2nd in Mid-Valley Swim League Silver Division

August 08, 2019 at 8:24 am | Columbia Basin Herald OTHELLO — The Othello Barracudas season has come to a close, finishing second in the Mid-Valley Swim League Silver Division recently in Naches Valley. Barracudas head coach Natilee Ruiz said the en...

Comments

Read More

Russell Wilson Quarterback Academy visits Royal

July 30, 2019 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald ROYAL CITY — The Russell Wilson Quarterback Academy visited Royal High School for the third straight year, working with the Knights. The two-day camp offered skill exercises and training for youth, t...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

509-765-4561
705 E. Hemlock (downstairs)
Othello, WA 99344

©2019 Sun Tribune Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X