Spuds fall in extra innings at Yakima

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    Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald Central Washington's Zach Valdez takes a moment during his game against the Yakima Beatles.

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    Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald Central Washington's Zach Valdez takes a moment during his game against the Yakima Beatles.

YAKIMA — The Central Washington Spuds fought back from a big deficit in the top of the seventh to force extra innings before falling in the bottom of the tenth, 15-14, against the Yakima Beatles.

In a four-hour battle, the Spuds scored two runs in the top of the first to take an early lead against the home team, before the Beatles struck back with four runs of their own in the bottom of the inning.

The Spuds knocked in another run before Yakima answered with seven runs of their own to stretch their lead in the third. The Beatles added another run in the fifth to take a commanding 12-3 lead.

Central Washington clawed back with three runs in the top of the sixth before holding the Beatles scoreless in the bottom of the inning. The Spuds knocked in six runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game, and force play to continue.

After a scoreless eighth, the Spuds knocked in a pair of runs in the ninth to take a brief lead before Yakima responded in the bottom of the inning. The Beatles scored the winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning on a bobbled throw to home to take the game.

Head coach Steve Keller said that he wasn’t concerned with the results afterwards, and said it was just “a fun game.”

“A loss in bonus baseball isn’t a detriment or a heartbreaking thing at all,” Keller said. “It’s part of the game. Bonus baseball is just that, it’s just bonus.”

Keller praised his team’s growth from early mistakes in the game that helped his team fight back late.

“The stuff that happened in this game was awesome,” Keller said. “I wasn’t worried about it.”

The Spuds were set for a second game afterward in the doubleheader and will play eight games this week in total. Keller said balancing his team through this amount of play comes down to going “pitch by pitch.”

“In my mind, as a coach, I need to play this pitch rather than looking at eight games down the road,” Keller said.

The Spuds next matchup after tonight will be today at Larson Field in Moses Lake at 5:30 p.m.

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