McLUNEY – Visiting Tri-Valley scored the go-ahead run in the ninth inning on a dropped third strike, sending visiting the Scotties to a 7-6 win against Crooksville in the Muskingum Valley League on Friday.
Blades Bryan led off the inning with a single, took second on a bunt and third on a groundout. Nick Slaboden struck out, but the ball eluded the catcher, allowing Bryan to score.
Tri-Valley (5-7, 4-3 MVL) trailed 5-1 after two innings, but the relief combination of Zack Carpenter and Bryan combined to allow just one run and four hits in the next 7 1/3 innings to allow for the comeback.
Tri-Valley scored five times in the fifth after Steven Taylor walked the bases loaded, as Slaboden sent the Scotties ahead with a two-run double.
Crooksville (5-7, 4-4) tied the game at 6 when Cody Harper singled home Matt Sellers, but the Ceramics stranded the bases loaded after Taylor grounded out.
Tri-Valley pitching retired the final 10 Crooksville batters in order.
Slaboden finished with three RBIs and Bryan and Bryce Farmer also had two singles.
Chris Sparks, who pitched three innings of relief, had three singles and Harper two. Crooksville had nine hits — four after the second inning.