While there weren’t any actual fireworks at Colusa Casino Stadium on Friday night, you could have fooled any average fan as the Gold Sox gave their audience some drama in the bottom of the ninth when Tyler Carpenter hit a walk-off sacrifice fly to left field to give Yuba-Sutter the 3-2 win over Medford.
“I hadn’t had the greatest day at the plate so I knew that was my time to shine,” Carpenter said. “It was pretty much just see ball and hit ball to the outfield because I knew Michael (Boomgarden) had the wheels coming from third.”
After the game, Gold Sox manager Michael Frantz met with his team and could hardly get any words out before multiple players yelled out ‘Something about these Sox.’ Frantz said it seems to be a reoccurring motto for the club this season.
The game also started well for the Gold Sox as they got on the board in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI line drive from Brandon Motheral to score Boomgarden from third.
While the offense on Friday night may not have blasted Medford for double digit runs, it was just good enough for the pitching of starter Leighton Helleburg.
“He hadn’t even started a game in his career until tonight and you’d have never known it,” manager Michael Frantz said. “His control and composure were something that really stuck out to me. The kid is incredible.”
Leighton threw five scoreless innings striking out seven batters and only giving up three hits down the stretch.
“He was awesome for us tonight, it’s a big series and he knew that he had to set the tone and I think he did just that,” said Gold Sox player Kenny LeBeau.
In the fourth inning the Gold Sox would add to their 1-0 lead when Avery Shugrue hit a sacrifice fly to left field.
From there it appeared as if the Gold Sox were going to shut down Medford, until the top of the eighth inning when the Rogues started a spark. After capitalizing on some walks from tough pitching by Yuba-Sutter’s Clayton Chipchase, Max Mahon hit an RBI single for Medford that tied the game at 2-2.
However, Yuba-Sutter didn’t have plans for letting the game go to extras.
Boomgarden led off in the bottom of the ninth with an infield hit before eventually taking second base on a passed ball. After that, Billy Ralston his a hard ground ball to second to move Boomgarden over to third base with only one out. That’s when Carpenter hit a deep fly ball to left field to give Yuba-Sutter the 3-2 victory.
“After I rounded third base and saw Michael score I said ‘oh great, now I have a 20 pound igloo headed right at me’,” Carpenter said.
The Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox (17-8) will face Medford (19-6) again tonight at Colusa Casino Stadium. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.