Penns Valley rallied to tie the game with a three-run top of the seventh inning, but Midd-West walked off with a 6-5 victory Saturday afternoon.
Trailing 5-2, a Hunter Ilgen groundout preceded a two-run single by Davey Keller to tie the game in the top of the seventh. In the bottom of the inning, the Mustangs had runners at the corners with one out when the Rams tried to turn a double play, but an errant throw brought in the winning run, their second error of the inning.
The Rams (0-3) pounded out 10 hits, led by two each from Logan Marcum and LJ Johnson. Ilgen knocked in a pair of runs and Johnson scored twice.
“It was the first time all season, with one exception, we did what we had to do to be successful,” Rams coach Chuck Romig said. “We strung singles together and we just put the bat on the ball.”
Johnson also had a strong outing on the mound with six solid innings, striking out six and allowing seven hits and three walks, and Ryan McElwee took the loss in relief.
Bailey Hetrick’s two-run double paced the Mustangs and Zane Leister earned the win.