Kellogg eliminates Lackawanna early, early Monday morning

ENID, Okla. — At 2:23 a.m. Monday morning, Kellogg eliminated Lackawanna from the NJCAA Division II World Series after a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Bruins an 8-7 win.

The contest, which began at 10:49 p.m. Sunday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark, lasted a little more than three and a half hours. It was supposed to start at 9 p.m., but the prior games ran long and delayed the night cap's first pitch nearly two hours.

With the tournament already behind schedule thanks to heavy thunderstorms Saturday, World Series officials, and the teams — Kellogg and Lackawanna — had no choice but to play into the night and eventually the early hours of Monday.

Kellogg, the No. 4 seed, took an early lead over No. 9 Lackawanna with a pair of runs in the first inning. Alex Crump hit an RBI single to left, scoring fellow Bruin Brandon Haynes from second.

Lackawanna starting pitcher Grant Powell loaded the bases with a walk and surrendered a run with another free pass. However, Powell was able to force a fly out to strand the bases full.

The Falcons (32-17) scored their first run of the game in the third inning off a wild pitch by Kellogg pitcher Derrick Edington. Lackawanna got its first and only lead of the game in the fifth inning after sophomore Thylar Summarell sent a 3-run home run, his 14th of the season, over the right-field wall. The deep shot gave the Falcons a brief 4-2 advantage.

In the bottom half, the Bruins (40-14) loaded the bases with two outs. A 2-RBI single by AJ Mitchell tied the game before Hilton Yopp put Kellogg back on top, 5-4, with an RBI single of his own.

Lackawanna, again, tied the contest in the sixth inning, but Kellogg responded to with two runs in the seventh to lead 7-5.

After both teams were held in check during the eighth inning, the Falcons entered the ninth needing to score two to avoid elimination.

With one out and a runner on first, Summarell stepped up to the plate and the challenge. After swinging and missing for a first-pitch strike, Summarell saw the count shift in his favor, 3-1.

Summarell connected on the fifth pitch of the at-bat for a 2-run, game-tying home run, his second of the back-and-forth contest. Lackawanna held Kellogg to just one base runner in the bottom half and forced extra innings as the clock moved further into Monday.

Lackawanna went down in order in the top of the 10th inning. In the bottom half, Kellogg quickly loaded the bases with a single and back-to-back walks. With the winning run 90 feet away at third, the Falcons shifted their left fielder directly behind second with the rest of the infield drawn in close.

Facing a comfortable 2-0 count, Crump popped the ball far enough into right field to allow teammate Trenton Newby to score the game-ending run.

Kellogg won the contest despite being outhit 13-8 and not recording a single extra-base hit.

Lackawanna became the first team eliminated from the World Series following its second defeat of the tournament. The Falcons lost to Pasco-Hernando, 11-10, Saturday.

Unfortunately for the Bruins, they'll have little rest before their next game against Pasco-Hernando Monday at 4 p.m. It will be the second time this Series Kellogg has played twice in one day. The Bruins completed the ninth inning of their opening game against NOC Enid Sunday morning after thunderstorms forced a postponement Saturday. The Jets won 14-8.

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