Miles Walks Off With Wild Winner

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Miles’ offense struggled most of the day Tuesday in a non-conference tilt against defending Gulf South Conference champion Mississippi College but the Golden Bears still walked off a winner.

Roderick Ransom scored on a wild pitch to cap an improbable 6-5 win over the Choctaws at historic Rickwood Field. The Golden Bears (7-10) entered the eighth inning trailing 4-0 and had just four hits but was able to score the the game-winner without a hit.

Ransom was hit by a pitch to lead off the ninth and stole second base. With one out, Choctaws pitcher Christian Bellew (1-1) attempted a pickoff throw at second that wildly went into center filed, moving Ransom to third. After a strikeout, Will Cantey was intentionally walked to bring Jacob Bisharat to the dish. On a 1-1 count, with Cantey taking off for second, the sidewinding Bellew’s pitch sailed wide into the left hand batter’s box and allowed Ransom to score easily, sparking a mild celebration.

It did not appear that Miles was going to get the opportunity to stage the comeback. Despite solid pitching from starter Matthew White (3 1/3 IP, 1 ER) and Andrew Datcher (2 2/3, 1 H), a tough seventh inning against Peyton Godfrey helped the Choctaws (11-9) to a 4-0 advantage. But the Golden Bears erupted in the eighth. Ransom scored on a bunt single by Bryan Baker and scored on a wild throw past first. Baker would score on a wild pitch and Dalton Roberts would come around on a double by Destin Davidson that cut the deficit to 4-3. Davidson would later score on a wild pitch to tie the game and Brandon Conner, who reached on an infield single, would score on a RBI double by Ryne Benson to give Miles a 5-4 lead heading into the ninth.

But that lead did not last the first batter. Cantey, who came on in relief of Nick Boines, served up a solo home run to Billy Cameron to start the ninth. But he would then strike out the side to earn his first victory of the season.

Miles opens conference play on Saturday when it begins its four-game series at Clark Atlanta with a doubleheader that begins at noon.

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