K.C. Pfister's two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning resonated throughout Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
The crack of his bat was followed by the roar of the crowd — a noise that only grew louder as the ball traveled over the left field fence to give the Haysville Heat a 5-4 lead over Chillicothe on the way to a 6-4 win on Monday.
Pfister's home run was the determining factor in the win, as the Heat would tack on another run in the bottom of the ninth thanks to a RBI double by Brock Green that scored Gary Owens.
Chillicothe designated hitter Steve Martin put the Mudcats' first runs on the board with a two-run home run to left field to give his team a 4-3 lead.
His blast was followed by a single by Jake Jadlowski. This short offensive surge proved to be the only time throughout that Haysville pitcher David Harden seemed fazed by the Chillicothe batters as Harden lasted almost six innings.
Ben Harty scored Pfister from first with a double in the top of the third for a 1-0 lead with two outs.
Harden breezed through the early innings thanks to great placement and above-average efforts from both his outfielders and infielders. He threw three innings of scoreless baseball for the Heat and didn't show any signs of slowing down.
Harden's luck, however, changed in the fourth after he issued a walk and Chillicothe runners advanced on an error and a fielder's choice. Then he hit the Mudcats' Steve Martin with a pitch with the bases loaded to bring home Bobby Leeper.
Haysville finally got into an offensive rhythm in the top of the fifth. With two outs on the board the batters got a little more aggressive and so did the runners. Brock Green and Ben Kline hit two RBI singles in a row in the gap between the first and second to drive in runners from second. Both hits just so happened to be hard ground balls. The Heat took a 3-1 lead and gave Harden a little room to breathe.
Harden found himself in trouble again thanks to a couple of errors in the bottom of the fifth. With bases loaded and no outs, Harden gave up another unearned run after he was called for a balk, which allowed the Mudcats Andrew James to get across the plate.
Thanks to the arm of Haysville right fielder Nate Shaver the inning didn't get too out of control. With one out, Shaver foiled a sacrifice fly attempt by the Mudcats and gunned down Louie Templeton for the double play to get Harden out of the inning with minimal damage.
Sedalia 15, Derby 4 — The Sedalia Bombers turned a close game into a blowout against Derby, chalking up nine runs over the final three innings after leading 6-3.
Sedalia amassed a total of 19 hits, including four home runs that were split by catcher Jose Behar and right fielder John Wegener with two each.
"They know we're going to hit. As long as our pitching staff can keep us in there we can support them with the runs," Behar said. "We have a pretty good offense. We got a couple of runs and knew that we could trust the pitching. The pitching trusted the offense too."