SANDUSKY — Trey Keegan did it again.
And so did the Streaks, who scored two runs Tuesday in the bottom of the seventh inning to win their second straight game in as many days, this time a 2-1 walk-off win against Findlay.
Keegan had a bases-loaded single to score pinch-runner Nolan Berkey and Tristen Jeffries, and Zak Esposito pitched a one-hitter for the Blue Streaks (4-1, 1-0 Greater Buckeye Conference). Keegan had the game-winning hit Monday in the top of the seventh in a 5-3 win against Margaretta.
“We started — kind of like the other night — at the bottom of the order,” Sandusky coach Matt Martin said.
“It was like deja vu, but a little better because it’s league play,” Martin said. “All wins are nice, but especially in league play and against Findlay.”
Down 1-0 to start the seventh, Shane Blevin, pinch-hitting, singled up the middle and Berkey came on to run for him. Jeffries singled to put runners at first and second.
Mike Drake — looking to put down a sacrifice bunt — beat out the throw to load the bases, and Keegan ended it with an RBI single on a 2-1 count to score two runs.
In Monday’s game Keegan got a green light from Martin to swing on a 3-0 count — a situation where players usually take a pitch — and again on 3-1 when he delivered.
Martin said he would have held Keegan Tuesday on 3-0 to at get a chance for the tying run.
There wasn’t even a play at the plate with Jeffries getting a good jump from second on Keegan’s contact.
Esposito struck out seven batters in his seven innings and allowed just an unearned run. Collin Fenimore threw the final two innings for Findlay (3-2, 0-1) in the loss.
Sandusky lost its GBC opener a year ago, but won nine straight in the league and 16 of 18 overall to clinch the conference title — its first since joining the GBC.
“We needed to jump out early (in league play), especially with Findlay,” Martin said. “They had to come here and beat us because we’re the defending champs.
“They played a good game and they’re a good ballteam.”
Jeffries and Drake had two hits each in the game, and Brady Smith doubled to start the sixth before being stranded — something Martin said the Streaks need to improve.
“We still have things to work on,” Martin said. “We struck out too many times with runners in scoring position.”
Keegan and Co. didn’t fail Martin, who said Monday’s win gave the team confidence heading into the seventh inning.
“It was about the fifth inning that we had a talk, and the one run Findlay did score was on an error,” Martin said. “We told them if we score two, they’re not going to score again.”
Who knew his crystal ball was so clear.