ABERDEEN, MD (RipkenBaseball.com) - Everybody loves a good upset, except for maybe the losing team. Mountain Home (Team Southwest) took on Elk Grove, California (Pacific Southwest) today. Pacific Southwest went into the game as one of the leading teams for the American bracket in the series with a record of 3-0.
With a slow first start for both teams on the offensive end, there were no runs scored until the top of the third inning, Pacific Southwest got on the board first, ending the top of the third inning with a score of 1-0.
At the bottom of the fifth, Southwest made a comeback against the visiting team. Austin Helms got on base and Luke Dibble came up to bat. Dibble shot one deep over the fence to give them a 2-1 lead.
Most of the action of the game for both teams took place in the sixth innings.
At the top of the sixth Pacific Southwest had two runners on base after a walk and a single a overthrown ball to first base allowed two runners to score.
After two RBI's from Pacific Southwest, one to left field and one to center. the scoreboard was 5-2 with Pacific Southwest in the lead.
At the bottom of the sixth, Southwest showed their talent and real heart for the game. Down by three in what was supposed to be the last inning of the game, Southwest fought back. Luke Kruse got on base and a RBI by Anderson brought the score to 5-3. Two more RBI doubles by Austin Helms and Luke Dibble tied the score sending the game into extra innings.
Team Southwest played great defense in the seventh. Jackon had a strikeout, there was a ground out at short, and a nice play by the second basemen Sam Arp ended the inning.