Before the largest Wolff Stadium crowd since 2004, Kyle Overstreet gave the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio an improbable 9-8 win over Corpus Christi with a walk-off grand slam in the ninth.
A Saturday night crowd of 8,337 packed The Wolff to see the debut of the Flying Chanclas, San Antonio's rebranded identity for Minor League Baseball's Copa de la Diversion initiative. Chancla mania swept the city leading up to Saturday's premier, but early on it looked like the Hooks would spoil the evening for the sellout crowd.
Corpus Christi jumped starter Jerry Keel for three runs in the second, highlighted by Randy Cesar's triple to right.
The Chanclas struck back in its half of the frame against righty Josh James, slicing its deficit to one on an Overstreet two-run dinger to left.
After Corpus Christi added another run in the third, San Antonio once again answered in its half with a Peter Van Gansen RBI-single to center.
Any shot of a Chancla victory appeared bleak once the Hooks tacked on a pair of runs in both the fifth and ninth to take a commanding 8-3 lead.
Then came the bottom of the ninth.
The still very packed Wolff seemed to sense a rally brewing. Lefty Framber Valdez ran into early trouble to start the ninth by walking Rod Boykin. After a fielding error by third baseman Nick Tanielu put Forrestt Allday on, Valdez compounded his problems by walking both of the next two batters, forcing in a run.
The inning would take a strange twist when next batter Ty France appeared to deliver an RBI single to left. Unfortunately for France, time was called before the 1-2 pitch, negating the hit. A frustrated France was tossed by home plate umpire Cody Oakes. France's replacement River Stevens kept the rally going by working a walk, which scored Allday to trim the deficit to 8-5.
Corpus Christi would go to the pen, opting for lefty Sean Stutzman. The moved initially worked as Stutzman (2-2) fanned reigning Texas League Player of the Month Austin Allen for the inning's first out. That brought up Overstreet, who capped the stunning comeback with a grand slam onto the berm.
San Antonio (19-10) resumes its four-game series with Corpus Christi (17-12) on Circle K Sunday Funday. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 PM. Right-hander Jesse Scholtens (3-1, 3.10) will get the ball for the Missions, while the Hooks counter with southpaw Ryan Hartman (1-0, 1.83).
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