ATWATER — The Atwater Aviators showed some grit on Wednesday night, fighting back from a three-run deficit in the last two innings to win a non-conference game.
Pinch-hitter Alex Medin capped a wild comeback, scoring on a wild pitch for a walk-off 6-5 victory over the California Glory at Memorial Ballpark.
Chad Singleton's three-run home run in the top of the sixth inning gave the Glory a comfortable 5-1 lead, but the Aviators (14-14) began chipping away.
Nick Jewett singled in a run in the bottom of the sixth to make it 5-2 and Nick Backes (3 for 4, 3 RBI) trimmed the lead to 5-4 with a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth.
Bobby Hosmer got the rally started in the ninth with a pinch-hit single. Walks to Medin and Ryota Kawasaki loaded the bases with no outs.
Brad Branzhoff was hit by a pitch, forcing in a run and tying the game at 5-5. That set up Medin's winning dash on the wild pitch. Jesse Pratt earned the win with one scoreless inning of relief.
ATWATER AVIATORS 6, CALIFORNIA GLORY 5
At Memorial Ballpark
Glory 100 004 000 5 12 1
Aviators 010 001 022 6 12 3
Dew Fitty, Brandon Nicelson (9) and Wade Morton. Cyle Bettis, Chris Campbell (6), Nick Pino (8), Jesse Pratt (9) and Chisholm Witt. WP Pratt 1-1. LP Nicelson 0-1.
GLORY Matt Vera 2-5 (R), Taylor Hackett 2-5, Jose Coronado 2-4 (R), Morton 2B (R), Brad Williams 2-3 (R, RBI), Chad Singleton HR (3 RBI).
AVIATORS Cain Spangler 2-5, Paul Colter 3B (2 R), Nate Backes 3-4 (HR, 3 RBI), Corbin Bennett 2B.
Record: Atwater 14-14.