Baseball: Thompson Walk-off Gives Drovers SAC Title

The USAO Drovers (#8) would strike first, as they would score 6 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. The Oklahoma City Stars (#5) would counter with their back against the wall, as the would score 6 runs of their own in the top of the 9th to tie the game at 8 a piece. In the 10th inning, the Drover would get back to back base hits by Daniel Lafarga and Alex Sanchez. Then with 2 runner on Senior Stevie Thompson would hit a walk-off 3 run home run to give the Drover the 11-8 victory over Oklahoma City. Thompson home run would clear the right center fence, and would send the Drovers home with another SAC championship. With this win, the Drovers evened the season series at 2-2 with Oklahoma City.

The Drovers would be able to collect 12 hits, as they would be led by Daniel Lafarga. He would go 3-5, as he would hit 11th and 12th home run, and add-on with a single. Alex Sanchez went 3-4 with a home run (6) and 2 singles. Greg Barnette went 2-5 with a single and a double. Stevie Thompson went 1-4 with a 3 run home run (2). Miguel Lorenzo went 1-3 with a single. Kenniel Rivera went 1-4 with a RBI triple. Henry Rodriguez would go 1-5 with a single.

The Drovers sent Francis Ventura to the mound, as he would throw 8 inning, and allow 4 runs on 8 hits. Ventura would finish with 7 strikeouts on the afternoon. In his last start against Oklahoma City Ventura, would also throw 8 innings, and would allow 2 runs on 5 hits. Angel Reyes would come into relieve, and he would throw 2 innings and allow 4 runs on 5 hits. Reyes would end up with 4 strikeouts. With this win Reyes will move to 4-0 on the season.

The Drovers have won two of the last 3 SAC title games, as they last won it in 2016. The Drovers now moved to 45-6 on the season, and will have to wait till Thursday, May 10th to see where they will be playing at for the Regional tournament.

Head Coach Mike Ross said “What an exciting end to the conference season. To finish with a tournament championship means alot and I’m so proud to coach this team. Was a battle all day and I think it will help us going into the National tournament .”

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