Amarillo, TX – The Sod Poodles walked away with a victory on a blustery Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd for SkyFest. The final night game of the 2022 regular season at HODGETOWN ended with fireworks on and off the field as Amarillo collected their second walk-off win of the series.
Arkansas, like they have in four of the five games to start the series found themselves in front after their opening at-bats. After a leadoff strikeout from Amarillo starter Blake Walston, a solo home run to right field kicked off the night’s scoring. Walston’s second strikeout was followed by back-to-back two-out doubles and another run. The second home run of the top of the first pushed the Amarillo deficit to four runs before they took their first at-bats of the game.
The Sod Poodles were retired in order after the first at-bats as the D-backs’ No. 5 rated prospect went back to work on the mound. The southpaw picked up his third strikeout and worked around a one-out single to send the offense back to work.
A walk and Blaze Alexander single put two on base ahead of A.J. Vukovich. The Arizona Diamondbacks No. 12 rated prospect collected his first Double-A RBIs with a three-run opposite field home run to the right field berm to cut the Arkansas lead to just one run.
Cade Marlowe’s second home run of the game and second in as many at-bats pushed the Travs lead back to two runs in the top of the third inning.
Roby Enriquez started a two-out Amarillo rally in the bottom of the third inning. He roped a double down the right-field line that came to rest under the vacated Arkansas bullpen. Tristin English scored him with a line-drive single into center field to pull back within one run.
Walston continued to battle on the mound. He struck out his fourth of the night to start off the top of the fourth and once again worked around a single to keep it at a one-run game. Amarillo was retired in order, sending Walston back to work in the fifth inning. Consecutive two-out singles kept the Travs at the plate and placed runners on the corners. The second Amarillo error scored the sixth run of the game for Arkansas.
Small ball helped cut the Travs lead to one run once again. After a perfectly placed bunt single for Nick Dalesandro, a Jordan Lawlar walked pushed him into scoring position. A fielder’s choice forced Lawlar out at second and moved Dalesandro over to third. A lazy throw over to the third baseman…