A dramatic victory kept the Casper Oilers alive in the American Legion Baseball Northwest Regional in Lewiston, Idaho, early Thursday.
Trailing 8-3 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Oilers scored six runs, culminating with Adam Julian’s steal of home on a passed ball with the bases loaded and two outs to help Casper advance with a 9-8 win over Juneau (Alaska) Post 25 Midnight Suns.
The Oilers led 3-2 until starting pitcher Will Clair ran into issues in the third inning. Juneau ran Clair off the mound and tallied four runs in the third. Juneau then added single runs in the fourth and seventh to set the stage for the Oilers’ comeback.
Harrison Taubert led off the seventh with a double to center. Carter Young then doubled to left to score Taubert with one out. Corbin Kirk followed with a double to right to score Young and cut the deficit to three. Brooks Browning walked to bring the tying run to the plate, but Lane Fanto popped out to center. Clair then walked, loading the bases with two outs.
Adam Julian then walked on five pitches and Dylan Johnson was hit by a pitch to bring Casper within a run. Taubert came back to the plate and walked in four pitches to tie the game at 8-all. The third pitch Garrett Clasen faced escaped the catcher’s grasp and Julian ran home to keep the Oilers’ season alive.
Taubert, Young and Kirk each had two hits. Kirk finished 2-for-4 with four RBI.
Casper will play again Friday at 12:30 p.m. against the loser of Thursday’s late game between Bozeman (Montana) and Kennewick (Washington).