May 11, 2017 - By Scott Akanewich, Sports EditorRicky Hoffman's bases-loaded double in the bottom of the seventh inning brought his club back from a 3-1 deficit for the victory.
Another Wednesday evening at Riverton Babe Ruth Field produced more drama . Once again, the Angels found the short end of the stick.
Following last week's epic comeback by the Yankees which saw the Bombers fight back from a 13-1 deficit for a 14-13 win, fast-forward seven days, and once again the Halos found themselves with a late-inning lead, only for it to slip away, this time against the Braves.
Ricky Hoffman cracked a bases-loaded, bases-clearing, walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 4-3 Braves victory.
The Braves' Tyler McKiernan led off the inning with a high drive to right field, which was misplayed for an error, leaving the pesky leadoff hitter on first.
Kaden DeWitt followed with a base hit up the middle, with McKiernan advancing to third on the play.
Shortly thereafter, DeWitt stole second to eliminate the possibility of a double play, leaving runners at second and third with no outs.
At that point, Angels starter Aquilo Friday hit the 95-pitch mark, meaning he couldn't continue, and was replaced on the mound by Rylan Koehn.
Friday had cruised through the first six innings, allowing only one run before the rulebook forced him to leave the game, leaving Koehn to close the deal for his teammate.
Vincent Brown greeted Koehn with a walk to load the bases, followed by a Tryston Truempler strikeout, which brought Hoffman to the plate.
Hoffman took Koehn's first offering for a ball, then laced the next pitch to the gap in left-center field, as McKiernan, DeWitt and Brown all came around to score.
The Braves had scored the game's opening run in the bottom of the second, when Truempler drew a leadoff walk from lefty Friday, then came around to score for a 1-0 advantage.
However, the Angels answered right back in the top of the third, as Trey Draper led off with a walk before scoring to knot the contest at 1-1.
The game remained deadlocked until the top of the sixth, as Friday and Braves starter Brown put up zeros in the meantime.
Finally, the Angels broke through in their half of the sixth, when Friday walked, then proceeded to steal second and third, before scoring the go-ahead run.
In the top of the seventh, Cameron Schoening drew a leadoff walk, followed by a Skyler Soule single to put runners on second and third.
Draper hit into a fielder's choice, with Soule being forced at second, which left runners at the corners with two outs.
Schoening finally scored to make it 3-1, which set up the dramatic bottom of the seventh.
McKiernan, DeWitt and Hoffman were all 2-for-3 for the Braves.
Angels 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 -- 3
Braves 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 -- 4
Angels - Draper, 1-3, BB; Broadhead, 0-3; Friday, 0-1, 2 BB; Murfit, 0-3; Koehn, 1-3; Gard, 1-3; Schoening, 0-1, 2 BB; Lane, 0-3; Soule, 1-2; Bell, 0-1.
Braves - McKiernan, 2-3; DeWitt, 2-3, 2B; Brown, 1-2; Truempler, 0-2, BB; Hoffman, 2-3; Moore, 0-2; Yates, 0-2; Heidenreich, 0-2; Cash, 0-2; LeClair, 0-0, 2 BB; Gaston, 0-2.
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