ASHER — Stonewall head coach Chuck Barton must have thought Asher’s Bowen Field was his own personal Twilight Zone.

Barton’s Longhorns twice came within three outs of wrapping up a Class A Regional championship and twice Binger-Oney wouldn’t cooperate. Stonewall couldn’t make a pair of seventh-inning leads stand up, and as a result it’s the surprising Bobcats who are headed to this week’s Class A State Tournament.

In the first of two Class A Regional Tournament championship games Monday afternoon at Bowen Field in Asher, Binger-Oney scored 10 runs in the top of the seventh to rally past the Longhorns for an improbable 16-10 victory.

Then, in the if-necessary game, the Bobcats erased a 4-2 deficit with three runs in the final frame to stun Stonewall 5-4 and snatch the regional tournament title from the Longhorns’ grasp.

Binger-Oney, which also had to eliminate Wanette-Asher 8-4 in Monday’s opener, advances to this week’s Class A State Tournament beginning Thursday at Mustang High School with a 23-12 mark.

Coach Chuck Barton’s troops bow out of the playoffs with an 18-12 record while Wanette-Asher is finished at 21-10.

Rod Serling was about the only thing missing from a bizarre seven hours of regional tournament baseball that was pushed back to Monday due to the heavy rains that soaked the state Friday and Saturday.

Binger-Oney 5, Stonewall 4

If-Necessary Game

With both teams short on pitching, most fans figured the final game of the game to be a high-scoring affair.

But the Longhorns were clinging to a 4-2 lead after hurler Jake Munday had kept the Bobcats off balance for six solid innings.

After Stonewall failed to get an insurance run in the top of the seventh (the Longhorns stranded Bo Scribner at second after he led off the inning with a double into the left field corner), Munday walked Binger-Oney nine-hole hitter Josh Tate on four straight pitches.

Barton then called upon Scribner — who started the first game, finished the first game and absorbed the mound loss in the first game — to try and close out the if-necessary contest.

But Binger-Oney leadoff hitter Kenny Young knocked Scribner’s fifth pitch — on a 2-2 count — off the Bowen Field scoreboard in left field to knot the game in dramatic fashion at 4-4.

Stonewall starting catcher J.P. Maples then took the hill for the Longhorns and, after surrendering a single to Rhett Chenoweth, got Binger-Oney’s next two hitters to hit grounders right back to him. However, Chenoweth would advance to third on the two ground balls.

After an intentional walk to Braden Noah, Binger-Oney’s Jarrod McPherson hit a line drive to right field that easily scored Chenoweth with the game-winning run. It was McPherson’s third base hit of the contest.

That set up a wild celebration by the Bobcats while Stonewall remained staggered throughout the entire awards ceremony.

After Binger-Oney had taken a 2-0 lead, Stonewall finally answered with a three-run outburst in the top of the fifth.

Munday led off with a walk and Bronson Gore followed with a single. Maples then supplied an RBI double to make it 2-1.

Binger-Oney reliever Chenoweth was then greeted by a Scribner RBI that knotted the score before Ryan Denson came up with a clutch RBI hit to give Stonewall a 3-2 advantage.

The Bobcats avoided further damage in the inning when Chenoweth fielded a ground ball by Brandon Ross to his right and flipped to Jacoby Gray at third which started a nifty 1-5-3 double play.

The Longhorns made it 4-2 when Cole Carter led off with a double, went to third on pinch-hitter Devin Wood’s sharp single to right field and scored on a two-out RBI hit by Maples.

Stonewall had to play the if-necessary game without leadoff hitter and scheduled starting pitcher Jared Pharr who suffered an arm injury in the first title game. The Longhorns were also without the services of starting left fielder Wendall Taylor, who left the ballpark with his mother after Game 1.

Reserves Seth Skokas (third base) and Jake Williams (left field) filled in nicely for the Longhorns who didn’t make an error in the game. Williams made several nice catches in the outfield.

Stonewall out-hit Binger-Oney 12-8 led by Scribner’s 3-for-4 outing. Maples and Denson added two hits apiece while Ross added a double.

Young’s big day for the Bobcats included a double and three RBIs. He and McPherson were the only Binger-Oney players with more than one hit.

Championship • Game 1

Binger-Oney 16, Stonewall 10

This bizarre game went back and forth, culminating with Binger-Oney’s unbelievable seventh-inning uprising.

Tyler Brown hit a two-run homer and Noah followed with a solo shot to give the Bobcats a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

Scribner hit a rocket over the left field wall to lead off the second and cut the SHS deficit to 3-1.

In a wild top of the third, Young led off with a double before SHS starter Scribner got a groundout and a strikeout. He then struck out both Brown and Noah but both reached first when Maples couldn’t hold on to the third strikes. He pulled Nick Skokas off the bag into foul territory both times and both times — the plays were almost mirror images of each other — it looked like Skokas made it back to the base in time to record the out. But Stonewall didn’t get the benefit of the call either time, leading to the first Binger-Oney run of the game.

The Bobcats followed with two consecutive walks that forced in another run that gave Binger-Oney a 5-1 lead before Scribner stranded the bases loaded with his fourth strikeout of the inning. Scribner recorded seven strikeouts through four innings.

In the bottom of the third, Stonewall scored four times on an RBI double by Maples, a balk with the bases loaded, when Nick Skokos was beaned with the bases full and Denson was walked with the bases loaded. Young came on in relief for Binger-Oney and struck out two of the three hitters he face and left the bases loaded.

Stonewall tied the game at 6-6 on a sacrifice fly by Nick Skokas in the bottom of the fourth.

The Longhorns surged momentarily ahead with a big four-run volley in the bottom of the fifth. Taylor clubbed an RBI double down the left field line, Maples walked with the bases loaded and Scribner laced a two-RBI single.

But Chenoweth retired the final eight batters he faced — four via strikeout — to end the game.

Binger-Oney’s 10-run seventh-inning outburst featured four walks, a hit batter, two Stonewall errors, a two-run single by Chenoweth and a two-RBI double by Noah.

Noah and Cheonweth combined for five hits and six RBIs to pace a 10-hit Binger-Oney attack. Stonewall also had 10 hits and was led by Pharr, Maples, Scribner and Taylor who all had two hits apiece. Scribner and Maples combined for five RBIs.

The two squads combined for seven errors in the marathon contest.

Pharr’s injury game in the bottom of the fourth when he led off the inning by blasted a line drive off the wall in right-center field. But Binger-Oney defender Chenoweth tracked the ball down quickly thanks partially to a nice ricochet and gunned Pharr out with a strong throw to second. Pharr was shaken up on the hard slide into the bag, left the game and did not return.

Loser’s Bracket

Binger-Oney 8, Wanette-Asher 4

The game picked up in the top of the second with the Bobcats leading 4-1.

Binger-Oney used a run in the third and a three-RBI double by Brown in the top of the fifth to forge an 8-1 lead.

Wanette-Asher got a clutch two-out, RBI single by Aaron Suchy in the bottom of the fifth that scored Jake Hensley who had doubled. And SHS added two error-aided runs in the sixth to cut the Bobcat lead in half but could get no closer.

Suchy and Tyler McDonald had two hits apiece to pace Wanette-Asher at the plate while Daniel Schoemann — who pitched six innings of relief for the hosts — added a double.

Gray and Noah had four or Binger-Oney’s six hits in the game.

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