SEBEKA — The Otter Tail Central baseball team battled an extra-inning extravaganza against Sebeka Thursday. The Bulldogs would outlast the host team as they picked up a 7-5 victory.
The two teams would trade runs in the early going as the Bulldogs scored a run in the first inning, but the Trojans tied the game in the second. OTC plated a run in the third and fifth inning, but the Trojans would answer in the home half of the fifth with three of their own to take the lead 4-3. The Bulldogs would plate an additional run in the sixth, but neither team could gain the advantage in regulation.
In extra innings, both teams scored a run in the eighth, but it would be the two runs in the 10th inning by the Bulldogs that would decide the game.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our team tonight and it all starts with our guys on the mound,” OTC head coach Ryan Hendrickson said. “Cole (Brandner) fought through some early adversity but his last two innings really showed his fighting character. Then, (Dylan) Trana came in for the sixth inning with a tied game and was perfect. Being it was his first pitching appearance of the year, I put the ball in (Nate) Stavaas’s hand to finish, later to find he had to go four innings. Stav really hasn’t been in the position before but really showed us he can lead us, I’ve never seen him pitch like that before. He had a great mix of pitches, all with control, he was fun to watch… In fact, I was going to let Dylan go one more inning since it was tied, I had Staavy in the bullpen and he said ‘Coach you’re going to want to put me in,’ I tell you what, he was right.”
Braden Guy, Drake Larsen, Brandner and Stavaas each had multiple hits for the Bulldogs in the win.