Ross Caputo's bases-loaded, two-out single in the last inning lifted Miller Toyota to a 4-3 men's fastpitch softball victory over Page Brake at the Cottonwood Complex Monday night.
Caputo's line drive off the glove of Page first baseman Bryan Hansen came after Page had rallied to tie the game with two runs in the top of the sixth. The win was Miller's third straight over its rival this season in the Cottonwood Travel League.
With his teammates scoring three runs in the first inning, Miller pitcher Terry Stapley took the 3-0 lead into the fifth inning and gave up a run on Neal Howe's triple and Neal Chadwick's sacrifice fly. Eric Johnson's two-out, two-run single in the top sixth tied the game, which was already past the league time limit. Former Page pitcher Brendan Keehan replaced Stapley and worked out of the jam by retiring the only batter he faced, and ended up the winner.
In the bottom of the inning, Miller had runners at second and third with one out. Randy Ward was intentionally walked to load the bases and Lance Pratt was forced at home on Mark Burrup's grounder, leaving matters up to Caputo, who entered the game with a team-best .413 league batting average.
Miller is 17-1 in the league and Page is 11-7, trailing second-place IET (4-4).