Tied at 4-4 with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning Mulhall-Orlando Head Coach Brayden Brumley had a decision to make. Chance an inning ending double play or roll the dice with one of the hardest plays to execute in baseball? Brumley chose the latter.
As the second pitch of the at bat was approaching Bryce Scroggins at home plate, Braxton Oldenburg was already 45 feet down the third base line. Scroggins squared up and placed a bunt back toward the pitcher. By the time the ball was fielded, Oldenburg was already sliding into home. The suicide squeeze was executed to perfection to give Mulhall-Orlando its ninth win of the year.
"We took a chance," Brumley said. "We had one of our better hitters at the plate and I knew he could get the job done and we went with it and went for the win."
The win couldn't have come at a better time for the Panthers. Friday afternoon, the Panthers lost to (7-12) Davenport 5-0. In a loss that Brumley described as "one of those games," the Panthers responded the following day with a gutsy performance. Part of the reason they were in the position to win the game in the bottom of the seventh was due to the excellent pitching by Eli Riggs.
Riggs pitched 5.1 innings and struck out nine in the process but it wasn't just how he did it; it was when he did it. Riggs got Mulhall out of a jam on three separate occasions. All three times Morrison had two runners aboard and in scoring position.
"Eli has done a good job for us throughout the season," Brumley said. "I stretched him out a bit more today than I wanted to but he did a really good job for us."