*Note: Video highlights are from our 6:00pm Newscast Tuesday prior to the conclusion of the contest.
JACKSON- It took 13 innings but a Jerrod Myers suicide squeeze scored William Chenoweth and gave the Majors a 5-4 win over Birmingham Southern in a crazy ball game on Tuesday.
The win also gives the Majors a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-three SAA championship series.
The squeeze play was the perfect ending to a crazy game. The Majors went ahead 4-1 at the end of one thanks to five straight two-out hits. The big blow was a two-run double by Kevin Wall, one of four hits on the day for the senior.
After the wild first inning, both pitchers settled down to throw absolute gems. Majors' starter Will Edwards worked into the eighth and allowed three earned runs while striking out seven. After the rough first inning, Blake Stevens settled in and allowed just four more hits in his last six innings.
Birmingham Southern tied the game in the eighth inning. The big blow was a single off the bat of the catcher Tanner McGill. The ball deflected off Edward's glove, Samuel Doucet tried to bare hand the ball and throw out McGill but his throw went wide and two runs scored on the play.
Each team had chances in the ninth inning and in extra innings. Twice the Panthers would get the go-ahead run to third base to no avail. That was thanks in part to stellar defense and an outstanding job by West Hammond who threw another four and two-thirds innings of shutout relief.The Majors put multiple runners on in the eleventh and twelfth but great defense by Panther center fielder Stephen Denton shut the door on the Majors.
In the 13th, pinch hitter Annon Etheridge doubled to lead off. Adam Bice pinch ran for Etheridge but was cut down on a fielder's choice that put William Chenoweth on first. Chenoweth then stole second and made third on the wild throw of right fielder turned catcher Jacob Mayfield. That set up Jerrod Myers who laid down a perfect suicide squeeze with two strikes to steal the win for the Majors.
Harper Grier got the win, getting the final two outs in the 13th to move to 7-2. The Majors now sit at 33-11 on the year and need just one of two tomorrow to win the SAA baseball tournament title. First pitch of game two is set for 12:30pm.
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