One night after the Derby Twins scored 9 runs in the final three innings of Tuesday night's game with Haysville, the Twins pulled more late inning magic out of their hats Wednesday night for a 9-5 victory over the Aviators Wednesday night in Haysville.
Trailing 5-4 in the top of the 8th, Joe Faulk lined a two run homer just inside the left field foul pole for his second home run of the season, putting the Twins in front 6-5.
An inning later, the Twins loaded the bases before any outs were recorded thanks to a leadoff single by Connor Basler, followed by a Michael Urquidi walk and a Noah Bland bunt single.
Anthony Dominguez then delivered an RBI ground out to first scoring Basler giving the Twins a two run, 7-5 lead before the next batter Jacob Means came through with a two RBI single scoring both Urquidi and Bland for a 9-5 Twins lead. Eric Reardon and Tyler Myers pitched a scoreless final three innings of relief to help preserve the Twins victory, with Reardon registering the win.
The Twins trailed early 2-0 on a pair of unearned runs, but rallied in the top of the fourth inning when Jacob Means led off with a single, then scored on Davis Elliott's line drive double to left. Elliott's double began a string of 5 straight Twins reaching base with a walk, two hits, and a Haysville error following. The Twins led 4-2 after three and a half, but it was a lead which evaporated by the bottom of the fifth. Tyler Flores hit a solo home run to right in the bottom of the fourth, putting the Aviators with one at 4-3. Then in the bottom of the fifth, Haysville designated hitter Michael Morgan stroked a two rbi single to left giving Haysville the 5-4 lead which held until the 8th. Those were the only three runs charged to Twins starter Nick Skeffington, who pitched 6 innings before giving way to the bullpen to close the door on the Twins 19th win of the season.
Derby tries to make it to 20 wins Thursday night when the series returns to Panther Field with the Twins also looking for a series sweep with the first pitch slated for 7:00.