Goins held a 5-2 lead over Cumberland County before being pulled by Mustangs coach Joe Shamblin with one out in the seventh. Shamblin probably spent the rest of the night wishing he had waited to pull his starter after the Jets took advantage of Walker Valley errors to rally for four runs and pull out a 6-5 win.
“Kyle pitched a great game. He did exactly what we needed him to do,” said Shamblin of Goins’ performance. “If we make the plays and don’t do silly things, we win the ballgame.”
Cumberland County (2-1) outhit Walker Valley (1-2) 8-5, but it was key errors with the game in the bag that tripped up the Mustangs at the finish line.
Walker Valley left seven runners on base over the course of the night.
“We had some chances to score more runs and get a bigger lead, but we did some things on the bases that we know better than to do and it just cost us,” said Shamblin.
“My hat goes off to Cumberland for staying in it. They were down 5-2 and should have been done.
Goins ended his outing with five strikeouts. He gave up seven hits in the first four innings but held the Jets hitless in the fifth and sixth before giving up a final single in the seventh.
After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first, the Mustangs tied the game on three walks and a Stu Clark sacrifice fly.
The Jets regained the lead in their half of the second, only to watch as the Mustangs jumped back out front in the bottom of the inning.
Bryan Oliver and Goins drew walks and scored on Ryan Shank’s single to left field.
The lead held until the bottom half of the fourth, when Elijah West and Oliver cracked back-to-back doubles to left to make it 4-2.
The Mustangs added one more on a John Simmons RBI double in the fifth.
After a scoreless sixth, the shoes fell off the Mustangs in the top of the seventh.
Cumberland County loaded the bases with one out on two Mustangs’ errors and a single. The second bobble brought Shamblin to the mound to pull Goins in favor of Zach Wilcox.
Wilcox nicked the first batter he faced, bringing a run home then got out No. 2 of a pop fly to first. A bases loaded walk made it a 5-4 ballgame. Cumberland County took the lead when the next batter singled in two runs. The Jets loaded the bases again on another hit batter, but Wilcox got the strike out to end the inning.
Trailing 6-5, the Mustangs’ Bradley Smith reached on a Cumberland error and made his way to third with a stolen base and wild pitch. Two strikeouts and a fly ball to center ended the comeback attempt giving the win to Cumberland.
“We play these games early to work out the kinks, but still you put them out there expecting them to make plays and get hits. We are not hitting the ball right now and we’ve got to get some timely hits,” said a disappointed Shamblin.
“We will just come back tomorrow, do it all over again and see if we can’t get something going.”
JETS 6, MUSTANGS 5
Cumberland County 110 000 4 — 6 9 0
Walker Valley 120 110 0 — 5 5 3
WP: Drew Vaden. LP: Zach Wilcox. 2B: Ryan Burgess, Vaden, Morgan Richards (CC); John Simmons, Elijah West, Bryan Oliver (WV). Other highlights: Burgess 3-4.
Records: Cumberland County 2-1; Walker Valley 1-2.