CLINTON — Ashford used a pair of strong pitching performances and some late-inning heroics to pick up a pair of baseball wins over Grand View on Friday afternoon to extend its winning streak to five games.
Sophomore Tyler Davis’ walk-off fielder’s choice in the eighth inning capped a 4-3 comeback win in Game 1. In Game 2, freshman Collin Powers tossed a gem on one day of rest, going the distance for the first time in his career in a 9-2 AU win.
Junior Lucas Pattison had four hits and three RBIs on the day. Catcher Luis Estevez collected three hits and drove in two, and senior RJ Roberts drove in three runs and collected a pair of hits to move within one of Steve Jake’s program record of 160.
Ashford starter Kevin Delzell (4-4) picked up his fourth straight win in the opener, allowing three runs on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in a complete game.
The Saints (12-13) won it in the eighth after three of their first four batters reached on walks to load the bases for Davis, who belted a long fly ball over the center fielder’s head with one out to end the game.
An inning earlier, Davis helped Ashford rally to force extra innings. He led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and advanced to second on Brad Giss’ sacrifice bunt. One batter later, Roberts tied things up, smoking a single down the right-field line to score Davis and make it 3-3.
The Vikings (11-13) struck for a pair of runs in their first trip to the plate, but an RBI single from Estevez in the bottom of the first cut the Viking lead in half. Grand View stretched its lead back to two, thanks to a Ryan Curtis RBI single in the top of the fifth.
Down to their final six outs, the Saints started their rally, cutting the lead to 3-2 when J.C. Peralta scored on a balk in the sixth.
Ashford also had to come back in the second game, but this time it wasn’t as close.
After falling behind 2-0, the Saints ripped off nine consecutive runs in their final four trips to the plate. Giss scored on an error to cut the lead in half before Pattison put the Saints in front with a two-run double down the right-field line.
Pattison drove in his second run with a single in the fourth and was followed by run-scoring singles from Estevez and Roberts to make it a 7-2 game. Pattison and Jason German capped the scoring with a pair of RBI singles in the ninth.
Powers moved to 1-3, scattering nine hits, walking one and fanning three in his third complete game of the year.
The Saints and Vikings wrap up their four-game today with a noon doubleheader. The Saints will hold their Senior Day ceremonies and between games, and former AU baseball player Brian Cummings, a Clinton native, will be inducted into the Ashford Athletics’ Hall of Fame.