57’s win in extra innings

Carter Buuck struck out 11 in a 5-4 extra-inning win over Melville. STEVEN MAH/SOUTHWEST BOOSTER

The Swift Current 57’s completed a comeback victory with a walk-off hit by pitch in extra innings to defeat the visiting Melville Millionaires 5-4 on Thursday.

The 57’s trailed 4-1 but scored the final four runs to avoid a fourth straight loss.
Shortstop Ethan Hunter was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring Jered Binsfield home for the winning run.

The 57’s improved to 4-8, while Melville dropped to 3-7.

The 57’s got 11 strikeouts from starter Carter Buuck and strong relief appearances from Joey Machado, Matt Fiorini and Nick Hooper. Hooper was credited with the win after retiring the only batter he faced in the top of the 10th inning.

Justin Braziel opened the scoring for Melville with a solo home run in the first inning.

The 57’s answered in the bottom of the inning when catcher Ben Komonosky made a strong first impression when he doubled home Bryan Benz in his season debut.

Ben Komonosky

Tyler Ulrich launched another solo home run for Melville in the fifth inning to make it 2-1. The Millionaires added another two runs in the sixth, but the 57’s got one back when third baseman Dauson Tate singled home Komonosky. They got within one run when Binsfield scored on an error in the eighth inning. The 57’s tied the game in the ninth inning when Benz scored on an error.

The 57’s will play a fifth straight home game on Friday when they rematch with the Millionaires at 7:05 p.m. at Mitchell Field.