Miami’s Tyler Perry pulled off a double in Friday night’s 9-8 victory over Wichita, Kan., in the Miami True Value Wood Bat Tournament.
He singled home the winning run and in the process, earned himself the pitching victory with 1/3 inning of relief.
Wichita, coached by Fairland native Blake Kerns, had tied the game at 6-6 with two unearned runs in the top of the seventh inning.
The Kansans then went up 8-6 with two more runs in the top of the eighth, again the result of an error.
But in the bottom of the eighth, Spencer Neal drilled a one-out double. Emilio Arizpe drove him in with a double.
After another out, Tye Mercer and Christian Bridendolph delivered back-to-back singles, forging an 8-all tie.
Perry then drove in Mercer with the game-winning run with his second hit of the night.
Sam Neal worked the first five innings for Miami before being relieved by Arizpe, brother Spencer Neal and finally Perry.
Wichita grabbed a 3-1 lead in the top of the third but Post 147 came up with three runs in the bottom of the third, then added a single tally in the fourth.
Wichita tied the game in the fifth, but Miami regained the lead in the sixth.
A.J. Gambill had a double and two singles to lead the way for Miami. Matt Walker had a triple and single while Christian Perry, Bridendolph and Jordan Hessee added two singles each.
Spencer Neal and Arizpe each had a double while Kyle Jolley and Mercer chipped in with singles.
Ozark, Mo., posted two wins on Friday, beating The Boys of Summer 9-2 and Grove 6-5. Vinita notched an 8-0 victory over Wichita.
Miami and Ozark were 2-0 in pool play heading into Saturday’s 5 p.m. clash. The winner will cart off the tournament title.
Due to conflicts created by Thursday’s rainouts, The Boys of Summer plays Missouri Baseball Club at 2 p.m. in the only game scheduled for today.