Johnson’s home run lifts Green over Flyers in 8 innings

Published 2:32 am Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Jim Walker


FRANKLIN FURNACE — This just doesn’t seem to be my day.

That’s the way the St. Joseph Flyers must have felt after the Green Bobcats used a walk-off home run by Caleb Johnson to post a 6-4 win Tuesday in eight innings.

“Both teams played really well. We just game up short. We got good pitching and decent fielding, we just can’t catch a break,” said Flyers’ coach Brent Wirzfeld.

The Flyers (2-11) went up 1-0 in the top of the first. Joseph Payton singled, stole second and scored on a hit by Chris Lewis.

Green (10-8) tied the game in the bottom of the inning on a double by Clay Applegate and John Hallem’s base hit.

The Bobcats got single runs in the second and third innings to lead 3-1.

Josh Clark, Johnson and Applegate singled for a run in the second. Carver and Matt Howard had doubles in the third.

The Flyers got within 3-2 in the fifth. Trey Young singled, pinch-runner Alexander Ward stole second and Brad Rist had an RBI single.

Green got a run in the bottom of the inning on a single by Hallem, Carver’s double, a walk and a hit batter.

St. Joseph scored two in the sixth to tie the game.

Hunter Pemberton and Payton singled to put runners on the corners. A throwing error scored Pemberton and then Bryson Adkins singled in a run to tie the game.

But with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Hallem reached on an error and Johnson hit the first pitch for a two-run homer to end the game.

Payton, Lewis and Adkins were all 2-4 to lead the Flyers.

Carver was 2-4 and Applegate, Hallem and Johnson were all 2-5 as Green had 13 hits.

St. Joseph 100 012 0 = 4 10 5

Green 111 010 2 = 6 13 5

Hunter Pemberton and Zach McGraw. Trevor Carver and John Hallem (10). W-Carver (K-3, BB-1, ER-1). L-Pemberton (K-7, BB-1, ER-4). Hitting-St. Joseph: Hunter Pemberton 1-3, Joseph Payton 2-4, Chris Lewis 2-4, Bryson Adkins 2-4, Trey Young 1-3, Brad Rist 1-4, Jacob Clark 1-3; Green: Clay Applegate 2-5, Trent Marcum 1-5, John Hallem 2-5, Caleb Johnson 2-5, Trevor Carver 2-4, Matt Howard 1-3, Mark Allen 1-4, Josh Clark 1-3, Aaron Johnson 1-4. 2B-Green Clay Applegate, Trevor Carver 2, Matt Howard. HR-Green: Caleb Johnson.