Salina, Kan. – Luke Jackson (SR/Escondido, Calif.) broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday night with a two-run home run over the center field fence. Lawyer Braun (SR/Federal Way, Wash.) walked to lead off the inning. Travis Turner(SR/Selah, Wash.) hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Braun to second and Jackson did the rest. His 0-1 pitch was sent over the trees in center field for a no-doubter.
Matt Lindsley (SR/Bakersfield, Calif.) pitched a complete game as he allowed just two hits over nine innings. Lindsley allowed a run in the second and third but controlled the game on the mound. He struck out nine batters while walking three.
York started the game off well as they scored one run on three hits in the first inning. Casey Wagnon (SR/Fresno, Calif.) scored on a single to center field by Lawyer Braun. A couple of base running mistakes in the inning ended before the Panthers could tack on any more. The Coyotes tied the game in the second before briefly taking the lead in the top of the third. The Panthers tied things up in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a walk to Tre’ Bradley (JR/Lewistown, Mont.) and a hit by pitch to DB Vidal (SR/Livermore, Calif.). Wagnon bunted the runners over before a deep fly ball by Matt Nunes (JR/Fowler, Calif.) scored Bradley.
The scoring would end until Jackson’s at-bat in the eighth inning that sealed the win for York. It was a crazy day for the Panthers as they were in the midst of trying to get their home field ready for the first home game of the season when head coach Brian Walth had to make the decision to abort and head down to Salina. The team adjusted well and took game one of the three-game series.
The two teams will play each other Friday afternoon in a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.