---- — BROWNSTOWN — Dalton Parks made Brownstown/St. Elmo history Tuesday afternoon with his walk-off double.
In the newly formed co-op's first-ever game Tuesday against Dieterich, Parks knocked a two-run double in the seventh to give the Bombers their first win, a 5-4 victory over the Movin' Maroons.
While Ryan Beccue accrued plenty of wins at St. Elmo, his first in the gold and purple uniform was a tough one.
"It definitely feels good, I'm happy for all the kids," Beccue said. "I have a lot of confidence in those first four guys. I thought if we could get a baserunner, we had a good chance to tie it up. Dalton Parks gave us a little extra."
Brownstown/St. Elmo led for much of the way, only to have Dieterich take a 4-3 lead in the seventh when Jake Bohnhoff drove in Alex Bohnhoff with a flare up the middle.
The Bombers bounced back, as Levi Maxey walked with one out and Dustin Lawson was hit by a pitch. With two on, Parks hit a fly ball over the head of centerfielder Charlie Thoele, ending the game as both runs scored.
It was a tough loss for the Maroons, who almost earned their second comeback win in as many days after topping Noble 4-3 Monday.
"They kind of got down a little bit," said Dieterich coach Jamie VanScyoc. "(Thoele) was close to (catching) it."
Dieterich came out and took advantage of a pair of B/SE errors in the first, as Jake Bohnhoff walked and scored on two Bomber errors.
The Bombers quickly responded, stringing together four straight hits in the bottom of the second to plate two runs. Drake Hall had an RBI single and Landon Feezel had a sacrifice fly to give Brownstown/St. Elmo a 2-1 lead. The inning could have been bigger, but Noah Flowers was thrown out at home on a wild pitch.
From there, starter Jacob Behrends went to work shaking off the unearned run. He allowed just one hit until the top of the sixth inning, and scored the Bombers' third run in the fourth inning on a double steal with Noah Flowers..
His second hit came under dubious circumstances. Dieterich's Tanner Traub popped one straight up, Flowers called off Maxey at third, but the ball fell anyway.
Behrends walked two straight after that, but looked to get out of the inning. A Clayton Campton line drive went right to Malachi Maxey, who flipped to Levi Maxey at short for a quick double play. Behrends had two strikes on Reed Shoemaker, but Shoemaker fought off a few pitches and laced a two-out, two-run single to tie the game at 3-3.
Levi Maxey came in in the seventh, walked Alex Bohnhoff and allowed the go-ahead run. He escaped the inning with just the one run, setting up Parks' heroics.
"Jake pitched a great ballgame," Beccue said. "We do need to make a couple routine plays we didn't make that hurt us, but luckily we were able to keep the game close and get a big hit when we needed to."
Behrends went six innings, allowed three hits and three walks for three runs (two earned). He struck out nine. Maxey earned the win in relief.
Flowers went 3-for-3 on the day, while Behrends was 2-for-3 with a double. Parks was 1-for-4 with a double and the two RBIs, and Hall was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Alex Bohnhoff took the loss for Dieterich, going 6.1 innings and allowing four runs on nine hits. He walked two and struck out eight.
Traub was 2-for-3 for Dieterich, Jake Bohnhoff was 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Shoemaker was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
Still, VanScyoc was happy with his team's performance.
"Some of the positives were that we played with a lot of hearts," he said. "We never quit, we came back in the sixth to tie it."
Dieterich (1-1, 0-1) hosts Altamont at 4:30 p.m. Friday, while Brownstown/St. Elmo (1-0, 1-0) hosts North Clay for a non-conference matchup at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Dieterich 100 002 1 4 4 0
Brownstown/St. Elmo 020 100 2 5 9 3
WP - L. Maxey LP - A. Bohnhoff
Dieterich: J. Bohnhoff (1-3, RBI, R, BB); Traub (2-3, R, BB, SB); Shoemaker (1-2, 2 RBI)
B/SE: Lawson (1-2, R, BB, HBP); Parks (1-4, 2B, 2 RBI); Behrends (2-3, 2B, 2 R, SB); Flowers (3-3, SB); Hall (1-3, RBI, R); Bauer (1-3); Feezel (0-1, RBI, BB, SB)