HOMER – It was the type of battle you would expect between longtime rivals battling for a playoff spot.
Glenbrook split a pair of games at Claiborne Academy Friday afternoon, winning the first game 6-5 over the Rebels and falling in the second, 9-6.
The first game was a 12-inning marathon, with both teams coming up with clutch plays, but it was an error that allowed the Apaches to take the win.
The two teams were tied 3-3 after four innings and 5-5 at the completion of seven. Pitching took over for the remainder, with Glenbrook turning to senior Colt Wilson for a heroic effort to finish the contest. Wilson entered in relief of starter Tyler Perryman in the fifth. He was able to navigate the next six innings for Glenbrook, striking out nine batters along the way.
In the top of the 12th inning, Parker Christy reached on a single to start things off. Christy moved to second on a well-executed sacrifice bunt by junior Mason Hood.
Cade Clemons stepped up to bat and delivered a groundball to the hole between third base and shortstop. The Rebel shortstop couldn’t field the ball cleanly. Meanwhile, a charging Christy barreled for home plate on the bobbled ball. The Rebels threw home where it looked like a bang-bang play was about to occur, but the throw was off-line, allowing Christy to score with ease and give the Apaches the lead.
Wilson shut down Claiborne one last frame to put the finishing touches on an exciting, extra-inning ball game.
After the dramatic finish, the two teams had to regroup and get back on the diamond for game two.
Glenbrook played hard, but couldn’t repeat the clutch play of game one in a 9-6 loss.
Mason Hood was the losing pitcher for the Apaches. Hood gave up six hits and four earned runs.
Tyler Perryman went 3-4 at the plate, Mourad had an RBI double, Parker Christy added an RBI single and Trevor McLean, Colt Wilson, Seth Gauthier and Hood finished with singles.