SNYDER — Don't count out Big Spring in District 5-3A baseball this season.
Even though Snyder racked up nine runs in the first four innings of play, the Steers kept their collective cool Tuesday, bringing home a 12-10 win thanks to quality relief pitching and an offense that came to life in the later innings.
The Steers took the early lead, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning, but Snyder responded quickly, scoring nine runs over the course of three innings of play to put Big Spring in a substantial hole.
Fortunes began to change when BSHS tacked on three runs in the top of the fifth inning, cutting Snyder's lead to 9-5.
In the sixth inning, with only four outs remaining in the game, a pair of doubles, a trio of hit batsmen and two throwing errors allowed the Steers to mount a comeback. By the time the last Big Spring batter was retired in the inning, the Steers had a 10-9 lead.
Again, Snyder answered back, tying the game at 10-all in the bottom of the seventh, forcing
In the eighth, the Steers struck again, adding two runs on a double from Zach Hernandez, making the score 12-10, then silenced the Tigers' bats in the bottom of the eighth inning to bring an end to the fracas.
Garrett Stuteville, who took the mound in the second inning, kept the Steers hopes of a rally alive throughout the game, striking out five Snyder batters and allowing no bases on balls.
Joseph Morelion went 4-for-4 with four RBI and three doubles. Haegan Rodriguez went 3--for-5 with a double of his own.
For BSHS Coach Bert Otto, the game was not only an impressive come-from-behind win for his team, but served as a personal milestone for him.
“It was a good feeling,” the Snyder native said. “To finally beat your home team, after they owned you for four years. It was a sweet feeling of vindication.”
Otto also gave credit where it was due — to the players who put together the impressive rally on the road.
“I gotta brag about Garrett (Stuteville),” he said. “He pitched us out of some tough spots, and when he took over, it seemed like a hopeless situation. You could just see the look of determination in his eyes. It's fun coaching this group. They just won't quit.”
The Steers return to action Friday when they host Brownwood at 7 p.m. at Steer Park.