The Park View Middle School Cougars baseball team trailed 8-6 going into the bottom of the ninth, but Jaiden Phillips hit a two-out shot over a Charlotte County outfielders’ head to clear the bases and give the local team a thrilling 9-8 win in a Southside Middle School Conference tournament semifinal contest on Monday evening at Parker Park.
The victory earned the Cougars, the champions of the East Division, a date in the title game against Amelia, the West Division champions, on Wednesday at Amelia.
“I am getting too old for this,” joked PVM Manager Kenny Pitts about the thrilling victory. “We finally got some balls to drop. It was a heck of a ballgame.”
The Cougars fell behind 2-0 early in the game but rallied back to knot the score at two in the second when Adam Jones and Gaston Surry walked, Isaac Walton singled, and Jacob Brame singled in two runs.
Park View Middle added three runs in the fifth inning when Jaxton Shook singled, Jerry Cypress walked and Jaiden Phillips, Surry and Matthew Lynch all reached on errors.
The Cougars trailed by one in the bottom of the seventh but Jobe Sullivan walked and scored on a sac fly by Shook to send the game into extra innings.
In the ninth, Coleman reached on an error and Sullivan and Shook walked before Phillips cleared the bases with the game winning double.
Shook earned the win on the mound in relief of Brame.