WEST BEACH - Port Adelaide has forced a deciding game in the South Australian Baseball League Championship Series after claiming a thrilling 10-9 win in a wild game which saw huge comebacks and big plays at Diamond Sports.
The Magpies struck first as Capps Medalist Dylan Brammer scored on a double play with the Port bats running hot in the first inning.
Momentum continued to go the way of Port and it was the bat of Alex Carter which did the most damage, the Bite import crushing a grand slam in the second inning for a 5-0 lead.
"Both sides, it was a hard fought game and hats off to West Torrens," Brammer said.
"We got it done, though, at the end of the day and I'm just glad I got the ball and it was a great effort from both teams."
The hits kept coming despite the hard work of West Torrens starter, James Snelgrove, while it was Jakub Vojak who provided the greatest spark. He had their first hit in the fourth inning while his late game heroics saw the third-baseman make key stops on sharp hits.
Defensively, Port looked the better side but West Torrens was not going to give up once they finally clicked into gear. Pegging back a run in the fifth, the Magpies restored their lead in the next inning but at 6-1 the game was set for a major shake up as West Torrens launched an unlikely assault.
Tom Fiebig's hit kick-started the offense and he capitalised on a fielding fumble to score, before the bases were suddenly loaded as Jeremy Atkinson lost his way.
Walks and a hit-pitch were his undoing, with the ballgame suddenly closing to 6-4 and in the blink of an eye Vojak and Jordan McArdle had mashed in a pair of doubles, as five runs crossed the plate for a 9-6 lead in an eight-run sixth inning.
Reflecting on the game, Brammer said the plan was to always come out firing and he showed plenty of love for his team.
"It was to be aggressive on their starter and I think we did that for the most part," he said.
"We put up a couple of runs and were up 5-0 so that gave us all the momentum. Then they battled back, and we battled back, and it was just an incredible game. It's great to be a Magpie after today."
The explosive action continued when Patrick Inglis brought the Magpies to life with a two-run bomb in the seventh and Port would not give up, with Carter tying the game up on his RBI single in the eighth.
Late heroics by Vojak, who made a pair of diving stops and throws to first, ensured the Eagles were always a chance with his run saving plays.
Handing the ball over to Brammer, Port needed someone to shut up shop and he did just that with strikeouts and two clean innings.
However, they still needed a hero to stand up and get them home, and it was one of their youngest in Brodie Arriola, who came in late with the go-ahead RBI double in the ninth inning.
For Brammer, all he had to do was clean up the West Torrens order, forcing tomorrow's game at 12PM.
"I love the game. I love having the ball at the end of the game, I want to be the hitter at the end of the game; I've just been that way all of my life," Brammer said.
"I love being competitive and I know some words were exchanged but it was all in good fun. And what a game, I'm just speechless."