OMAHA, Neb. - Cody Gilles' walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th inning propelled the BNBA Game Time Gym Gold past Boise, Idaho, 9-8, and into the championship game of the Battle of Omaha Tournament at Omaha, Neb.
The stage for Gilles' heroics was set in the bottom of the seventh inning when Ryan Juris drilled a two-run double to erase an 8-6 deficit and send the game into extra innings. Juris' timely hit completed a game-long comeback after the Gold fell into a 5-0 first inning hole.
Eric McCullough (4-0) pitched seven innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win for the Gold (22-1), who ran their tourney record to 7-0. They will face Tuscaloosa, Ala., in today's 10 a.m. finale.
The Gold qualified for the division final earlier in the day by virtue of another comeback, this time a 13-8 semifinal win over the St. Louis, Mo., Gateway Prospects.
The Gold trailed 5-1 at one time before rallying to take a 9-8 lead going into the sixth inning. Bryan Huff's two-run triple put the Gold up 11-8 and Gilles again put the exclamation point on another Gold win with a two run homer in the eighth inning to close out the scoring.
Huff finished with four hits, including two triples, and three RBI. Nick Bowles had two hits and drove in three runs.
Silver sweeps Tri-Valley
The BNBA Silver took both ends of a double header from host Tri-Valley, 11-7 and 13-4, in under-18 travel play Sunday at Downs.
Dave Bartosik went 4-for-5 with two doubles and drove in a run to lead the Silver in the opener. Tyler Ropp was 3-for-4 with two RBI while Brody Mikel was 2-for-5 and also plated two runs. Ted Herbers (3-1) picked up the win for the Silver.
Ropp went 3-for-5 with a double to power the Silver (11-9) in the nightcap while Nathan Loy and Dusty Paska each collected two hits for the winners.