By John Bombatch
XENIA — Moments after a 14-pitch at-bat where he had fouled off nine pitches, Tyler Krahn didn’t spend as much time at the plate in the 11th inning of Sunday night’s Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League game with the Southern Ohio Copperheads.
This time, Krahn launched a two-out drive down the right field line and raced around to third base on the play. Just a couple pitches later, Mac Seibert singled to right field and the Xenia Scouts had rallied to a 4-3 win over the Copperheads in 11 innings.
Xenia (8-7 GLSCBL) had led 2-1 in the seventh inning when Jordan Stading reached third on a throwing error, then Jordan Eckley drove him home with a single to left field. But no sooner had Xenia struck, then lightning struck and put the game under a mandatory 30-minute delay.
When the clouds rolled off to the northeast, Aaron Alexander came in to pitch in relief of Scouts starter Lucas Hamelink. The visiting Copperheads jumped on Alexander for two runs in the eighth inning to take a 3-2 lead.
Xenia lead-off batter Isaac Holt reached base on a dropped fly ball by the snakes’ right fielder. He then stole second, reached third on an infield throwing error, then scored on Michael Frigon’s groundout to third.
That set up the Krahn and Seibert heroics in the 11th.
With the win, Xenia is in third place in the GLSCBL while Southern Ohio (6-7) slips to fourth.
The two teams will play again Monday with a 4:05 p.m. contest once again at Grady’s Field, which is located on the Athletes In Action sports park complex in Xenia.