Extra-inning thriller: Amherst Comets top Avon Lake Shoremen in 11 innings

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Amherst's Justin Mott gets a hit during the top of the fourth inning against Avon Lake on Tuesday at Avon Lake High School.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Avon Lake's Brett Kiser throws a pitch during the top of the fifth inning against Amherst on Tuesday at Avon Lake High School.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Amherst's Brandon Chesmar delivers a pitch during the bottom of the third inning.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Avon Lake's Matt Russell fields a pop up during the top of the second inning.

AVON LAKE — The game between Avon Lake and Amherst appeared it would end sometime next week. Amherst’s Alex Walts made sure that didn’t happen.

Walts drove in the game’s lone run in the top of the 11th inning with a two-out RBI double as the Comets blanked the Shoremen 1-0 in 11 innings.

“I was looking for a curveball because I was down in the count,” Walts said. “I was able to wait back on a fastball and hit an outside pitch to the right side through the gap.”

With one out in the top of the 11th, the Comets hit back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second. Amherst attempted a double-steal, but a running miscue put the Comets baserunner on second base in a rundown and eventually was tagged out.

Justin Mott, who singled earlier in the inning, stole second base to give Walts a chance to drive him in. Walts came through in the clutch with a knock to right-center.

Starting pitcher Brandon Chesmar had a phenominal outing for the Comets. Chesmar was difficult to solve on the mound, throwing an assortment of off-speed pitches and had a convincing fastball. He had a perfect game through four innings, striking out nine. Avon Lake’s Matt Russell ended the perfect game with a single to left field in the bottom of the fifth.

Chesmar left the game in the top of the seventh inning after giving up a lead-off single to David Winkel. Mott relieved Chesmar and struck out the first batter he faced. Mott gave up a single to Matt Morissette to put runners on first and second base with one out. The Shoremen could not advance the runners and left two men stranded, sending the game into extra innings.

Avon Lake had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth after Winkel walked. Winkel was able to advance to third base after two-straight past balls. With one out in the inning, the Shoremen were unable to bring the winning run across the plate.

Amherst was held hitless until the seventh inning after a single by Mott. It wasn’t until the 10th inning that the Comets threatened to score.

Morissette, who relieved starter Brett Kiser to start the eigth inning, walked three-straight batters after getting Walts to lineout. With one out in the 10th and bases loaded, Morissette was able to sit down the next two batters on a pop out and fly out.

“That was a fantastic high school baseball game right there, it took 11, couldn’t get it done in seven, it’s just an unbelievable effort from all four pitchers that threw on both teams,” Amherst coach Matt Rositano said.

Chesmar got the no decision, pitching six innings, allowing no runs on two hits while striking out nine and surrendering no walks. Mott got the win, pitching five relief innings, allowing no runs on one hit, striking out seven and walking one batter. Mott didn’t have his routine outing when it comes to pitching.

“That’s the longest I’ve pitched in two years, normally I’m just a closer,” Mott said. “My adrenaline was pumping, my stomach was in a knot the whole time. I was throwing good and felt good, I just had to keep to going.”

Shoremen pitcher Brett Kiser pitched seven innings, giving up no runs on one hit and struck out four and walked four. Morissette got the loss, pitching four innings of relief, giving up one run on three hits. He walked four batters and struck out two.

“They played well, we played well, they were just a little bit better than us today,” Avon Lake coach Kevin Marlow stated. “We were still able to get guys in scoring position, but when it came down to it, we couldn’t get the big hit.”

Amherst remains perfect, moving to 9-0 on the season. Avon Lake drops to 5-3.

Amherst 1, Avon Lake 0 (11 inn.)

Southwestern Conference

Amherst (9-0, 5-0) 000 000 000 01 — 1 4 0

Avon Lake (5-3, 2-3) 000 000 000 00 — 0 3 2

TWO HITS OR MORE — Amherst: Alex Walts, Justin Mott; WP — Justin Mott (1-0); LP — Matt Morissette.

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Last Updated: 4/17/2013 12:11:51 PM EST

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