McALESTER — In a highly touted early-season game, Downtown Detail’s lowest hitters in the batting order came up big.
Downtown Detail’s bottom four hitters sparked a seventh-inning rally that gave Downtown Detail a 14-13 win against Swag during Tuesday’s recreation-league softball game at the Pittsburg County Softball Complex in McAlester.
Swag had entered the game with a 6-0 record, falling to 6-1 with the loss. Downtown Detail improved to 5-2, avenging a loss to Swag earlier in the season.
“That was the best team in the league, and we beat ‘em,” Downtown Detail captain Josh Hamm said.
Downtown Detail trailed Swag 13-11 heading into the bottom of the fifth. Unless Downtown Detail tied the game, the game would’ve ended after the fifth, its time limit of one hour having expired.
David Thomas led off the fifth with a single into left field — Thomas’ first hit of the game. Forrest Paden (3-for-3, four runs batted in, two runs scored) followed Thomas with a single to almost the exact same spot.
Dylan Helms then got his first hit of the game, lacing a single to center field to drive in Thomas and cut the lead to a single run. Kevin Barnes — Downtown Detail’s 11-hole hitter — singled to left, bringing leadoff hitter Smith to the plate with the bases loaded and no outs.
Smith quickly lined a pitch up the middle for his third hit of the game, scoring both Paden and Helms to give Downtown Detail the walk-off win. Also reaching on an error, Smith finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
“Guys at the end of the lineup hit very well,” Hamm said. “That’s way we stacked them the way we did, though: Space it out, where you have speed and power spaced out between, and it’s balanced.”