A six-run seventh inning proved to be the difference Tuesday night as the first-place Mining City Tommyknockers beat the Spearfish Sasquatch 12-10 on Miners Field at 3 Legends Stadium. (Boxscore)
The inning, which turned a 7-6 deficit into a 12-7 lead, started when Mining City Manager Tom Carty began the frame with three righthanded pinch hitters against hard throwing Spearfish lefty Nicky Winterstein.
The ploy worked.
Pinch hitter Nick Hansen tied the game on a wild pitch before second baseman Seth Lucero singled in pinch hitters Jack Walker and Judah Wilbur as the Knockers took the lead for good.
The outburst helped the Tommyknockers outslug the Sasquatch (12-5), who entered the three-game Expedition League game in second place in the Clark Division. The Tommyknockers (12-6) sit atop the Lewis Division.
Carter Dobrinski, who hit a two-run home run in the first inning, drove in three runs to lead the Tommyknockers, who were outhit 14-11 in the game that lasted nearly 4 hours.
Hayden Brown and Miles Hartsfield doubled in the win. David Melfi and Jake Mastillo joined Lucero with a pair of singles.
Connor Phelan pitched three innings of relief to get the win. Starter Zach Camp was dealing before Matt Crossley led off the fourth with a home run. The shot led to a five-run fourth.
Dylan Wilhelm struck out four in getting the final six outs in the win.
Seth Surrett and Ben Parker each smacked three hits and drove in three runs for the Sasquatch. Leadoff hitter Johnny McHenry added two hits and scored three runs.
The teams will play again Wednesday and Thursday, at 7:05 each night. The Tommyknockers will then host the Casper Horseheads for three games.