Walk-offs, big innings secure weekend series

LAURA BEAN/THE ARKA TECH: Keenan Jumper hits for power during a recent home game at Tech Field.

The Wonder Boys edged Missouri Western two games to one last weekend. Both wins were thanks in large part to someone who was not even in the starting lineup of the home opener on Saturday.

Parker O’Dell, a junior from Branson, Missouri, did not see action until the seventh inning on Saturday, where he drew a walk and came around to score, that brought Tech within one. He later came up in the twelfth inning and hit a walk-off single, giving the Wonder Boys an 8-7 win.

O’Dell’s game winner scored Marcus Wilson, a junior from Bryant, who had a rough day at the office, going 1-5 and tallying an error during the four-hour affair.

Wilson started the Tech half of the 12th inning by getting a hit by pitch, one he took square between the shoulder blades.

Four batters later, O’Dell scored Wilson, securing the win for the Wonder Boys in their home opener.

Before the extra inning heroics, the Wonder Boys spent most of the game playing catch up to Missouri Western, as they trailed 6-1 going into the home half of the seventh.

In the seventh, the Wonder Boys got one home, thanks to a balk, and Wilson followed that up with his lone hit, a double that scored two, making it 6-5.

A single from Josh Watkins, a senior from Hope Hull, Alabama, tied the game at seven in the bottom of the ninth and would send the game to extra innings.

Brandan Bohuslav, a junior from Arlington, Texas, came off the bench to pitch the tenth, and went two innings, surrendering no hits and fanning four.

Shortly after this marathon of a game was game two of the double header, which saw the Wonder Boys fall to Missouri Western, 10-5.

The Wonder Boys could not slow down Missouri Western, as they scored in every inning except the second.

O’Dell continued picked up where he left off in game one, racking up a two-run homer in the second inning.

After an extended day of baseball on Saturday, the Wonder Boys were able to seal the series with a win in the finale on Sunday, with a final of 7-6.

The Wonder Boys erupted for five runs in the fifth inning and never looked back.

Collin O’Neil, a senior from Phoenix, Arizona, drew a walk that was key for the next batter, who was no other than weekend warrior, O’Dell, who doubled in three runs that stretched the lead to 7-3.

Bohuslav was credited with the win, going one inning, giving up only one hit. Jesse Harbin, a junior from Jacksonville, came in and shut the door, earning the save.

Watkins went 8-14 over the weekend, scoring four runs. O’Dell tallied seven RBIs during the three game series.

The series victory puts the Wonder Boys back at .500 (3-3), and they will travel to Arkadelphia for the Henderson State Invitational on Friday, as they open the invitational against Northwestern Missouri State. First pitch is at 6 p.m.