With the sun winning the battle Sunday during the Old Timers Game, you just knew that a walk or an error would decide the outcome between Team Taylor and Team Oser.
While Team Taylor out-hit Team Oser 3-2, they also scored what turned out to be the winning run in the top-half of the seventh on one error, two hit batters and a passed ball for a 2-1 victory.
But even then Team Oser had its chance in the bottom-half of the seventh when Matt Pethan reached on a lead-off walk. However instead of staying put like he should have, Pethan tried to steal second to get in scoring position. As it turned out, Pethan was gunned down at second for the first out. Team Taylor pitcher Mike Poindexter then came back and got Scott Gamel and Mike Ashpaugh on back-to-back strikeouts to end the game.
Scott Jackson, who coordinated the event, said this may have been the lowest scoring Old Timers Game since its existence.
One thing is for certain, the fans got what they came to see and more with great pitching and even better defense.
Of course once both teams got all of the rust out of their system, Team Oser finally got on the board with one run in the bottom-half of the fifth when Dustin Ray crushed a two-out double to left-center and later stole home.
Meanwhile, in Team Taylor’s half of the sixth to tie the game at 1-all, Richard Wright led off with a walk, advanced to second on the single by Nick Edwards and then came across to score on a pick off attempt gone bad at first base.
Team Taylor also took advantage of a little wild pitching in the seventh inning. Although Team Oser was one out away from getting out of the inning, CJ Zeller reached on an error to keep the inning alive for Team Taylor. Then, after Team Oser pitcher Dustin Ray hit Zach Hulbert and Kolby Hurt to load the bases, Zeller came across to score what would be the winning run on a pass ball.
Zeller also picked up the win in relief for Team Taylor while Dustin Ray took the loss for Team Oser.
Wes Taylor started the game for Team Taylor and struck out five batters while giving up one hit in three innings. Zach Hulbert then came in and pitched one inning and walked one while striking out one. Meanwhile, after Steve Hage pitched one innin and allowed one run on one hit and one walk, Zeller came in and pitched one inning and walked one. Mike Poindexter then closed out the game for Team Taylor by striking out two batters and walking one.
For Team Oser, Dustin Bulen started the game and pitched the first-two innings and surrendered just one walk while striking out six. Blake Groves then came in and pitched two innings in relief and issued one hit and one walk while striking out two. Then, after Phillip Henry pitched one inning and walked one while striking out one, Kevin Oser came in and pitched one inning and struck out three batters while giving up one run on one hit and one walk. Ray then closed out the game for Team Oser by giving up one run on two hit batters.
Page 2 of 2 - Team Taylor also out-hit Team Oser 3-2, with Wes Taylor, Zach Hulbert and Nick Edwards collecting one single each.
For Team Oser, Dustin Ray doubled while Dustin Bulen singled.
Roy Stevens was the oldest participant in the game at 80 years of age.
Joining Stevens on Team Taylor’s team were Brian Jackson, CJ Zeller, Zach Hulbert, Kolby Hurt, Wes Taylor, Brice Quinlan, Steve Hage, Richard Wright, Nick Edwards, Jesse Sites, Corey Hutchison, David Wright and Mike Poindexter.
Participating for Team Oser were Blake Groves, Phillip Henry, Dustin Ray, Nick Ray, Austin Quinlan, Kevin Oser, Dustin Bulen, Greg Linhart, Matt Pethan, Scott Gamel, Mike Ashpaugh and Brian Bealmer.