Temple made something out of not much to scratch across two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and tie up a contest that hadn’t quite gone as planned to that point Wednesday night against District 18-5A foe College Station A&M Consolidated.
As quickly as the Wildcats worked themselves back into the game, the Tigers were primed to retake the lead in the top of the sixth, using a beaned batter and one-out single to put runners on first and second. And when third baseman T.J. Rumfield slipped down after fielding Hector Dominguez’s sharply hit grounder, a short-list of possibilities emerged. Broken play with everybody safe, an error of some sort, one out or, perhaps, a double play?
How it unfolded made the stumble look as though it was all part of the fun.
Rumfield crawled toward the bag, tagged it with his glove hand for one out then turned and threw on target to first from his knees for the second to end the inning.
“It worked out,” Rumfield said succinctly.
Indeed. Rumfield was greeted in front of Temple’s dugout with high-fives and more, and the Wildcats parlayed the defensive gem into offense, scoring four times in the bottom of the frame and defeated the Tigers 6-2 at Hallford Field.