By PATRICK CASEY
The Walton Braves put the “never-say-die” concept to good use on Wednesday afternoon as the home team rallied from a 9-2 deficit with eight runs over the final two innings to defeat Glenwood, Alabama, 10-9 in a high school baseball contest.
Walton plated seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning after a combination of Braves hits, along with costly fielding errors by Glenwood, opened the door for the comeback. Walton catcher Liam Miller delivered the big blow with a two-out, bases-clearing double to knot the game at 9-9 on a blustery day at the Walton baseball complex.
Walton fell behind 5-0 after an inning of play and had to play catch-up the rest of the way. Angus Anderson relieved Brendan Leach and pitched through the sixth inning as the Braves scraped back into the contest. James Towery pitched a perfect top of the seventh, giving Walton a chance to snatch a victory in their final at-bat.
Walton took advantage of that opportunity as Angus Anderson singled, moved to second on Donnie Hicks’ sacrifice bunt and over to third base on a fielding error that put runners on the corners. Kyle Clark’s ground ball was then misplayed as the winning run scored for the Braves.
The win saw the Braves improve to 4-4 on the year and provided a lift for a Walton team that plated their second highest run total of the year.
Game Notes: Walton, like most all of the local high school teams, had several games rained out due to the severe weather that hung around the area from Thursday-Saturday last week. Walton will have to find a make-up date for the March 27 game at Northview, as that is a district contest. Walton also lost a Saturday home doubleheader that was scheduled with Pensacola High due to the rain. Only the Paxton baseball team has played less games than Walton, due to their own weather and lighting issues.