Here we go, folks: Game 1 of the Astros County Series. It's the Nacogdoches Andujar Jar Binks heading to Greenville to take on the Master Bateman in the first game of what should be a very exciting culmination of this intensely competitive season.
Here are the lineups for today's game.
It's clear and 60 degrees, with the wind blowing out to left at 8 mph as 48,148 people are on hand to witness this historic event.
In the top of the 1st, leadoff hitter Craig Biggio ended up on 2nd after a throwing error by Clint Barmes. After a Jose Cruz groundout moved Biggio to 3rd, Kevin Bass took an 0-2 pitch deep to center for a stand-up double, scoring Biggio and giving Nacogdoches an early lead.
In the top of the second with 2 outs and Mitch Meluskey standing on 2nd, Andujar Cedeno took a called strike three that he didn't agree with. He began really going at it, jawing with the ump, then was ejected after bumping the umpire! Hopefully for Nacogdoches that won't lead to a suspension for their starting SS during this series. Eric Yelding replaces Cedeno at short.
In the bottom of the 2nd, Greenville catcher Joe Ferguson reached base after a throwing error by Biggio, who was trying to make a spectacular play on a groundball up the middle. After a Phil Garner walk, with Doug Rader batting, Greenville tried a double steal. Jar Binks catcher Mitch Melusky sailed the throw into the outfield, allowing Ferguson to score and Garner to take 3rd. Both teams seemed to be a little tight in the field early on, and the score was tied 1-1 after 2 innings due to misplays by both squads.
In the bottom of the 4th with one out, Joe Ferguson blasted a 356 foot home run to left to give Greenville a 2-1 lead.
In the top of the 6th, Larry Dierker led off with a ground ball single to left. A Craig Biggio triple to center scored Dierker, tying the game at 2. A Jose Cruz sac fly to left then gave the Jar Binks a 3-2 lead.
In the bottom of the 7th, Justin Maxwell singled to right, stole 2nd, advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch, then scored on a Phil Garner sac fly, tying the game at 3.
Leading off in the top of the 9th, Kevin Bass lifted a 373 foot home run to left field, giving Nacogdoches a 4-3 lead.
And in the bottom of the 9th, after inducing pop-ups by Jimmy Wynn and Curt Blefary, Larry Dierker struck out Joe Ferguson to end the game, giving the Nacogdoches Andujar Jar Binks the Series lead 1 game to none.