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Winner legion player Kelly O'Bryan scored the decisive run in last night's 6-5 win over Todd County

Mr. Clutch, Kelly O'Bryan comes through again
Jun 15, 2017

By Rich Winter

I'm in ever in need of someone to stand over a 4-foot putt and sink it for any kind of accolades (money), I'm calling on Colome's Kelly Obryan to do the deed.


Alright, so last night I happened on a Legion game in Mission yesterday as Winner took on Mission. Now, let me tell ya, most of the time I settle in with high expectations for Mission but usually have to settle for the inevitable Winner win...No offense.


But last night turned into a special game. 


Todd County pitcher, Tristen (TANK) Herman who had never pitched and hadn't played baseball since his 9th grade year asked coach Bryan Burnette for the ball last night.


For five innings, Herman was unstoppable giving up just one run as the Mission team lead 5-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth. Let me tell ya something, Herman looked good last night, no control issues, dialed in, 5k's and a good look about him on the mound.


Frankly, he had Winner flummoxed most of the game. 


Winner started Cale Meiners and the Stanley County southpaw got rocked in the first inning as Mission catcher, Thane Witt sent an eye-popping, two-run shot into the Cottonwood trees at the Mission City Park. 


Trailing 2-0 Winner managed to scratch out a run in the top of the third and trailed 2-1.


But, the Mission guys are getting better and last night they hit the ball with authority, moved people around the bases and in the third-inning they pushed across three more runs and led 5-1. 


But, Meiners hung in there, dug in and got tuff as Todd County couldn't push across another run. Somewhere in there, 5th or 6th innning, Winner sent the relief pitchers into the game and the guys did a good job shutting down Mission. 


Still though, heading into the top of six, Winner trailed 5-1. 


The Pheasants got to TC relief pitcher Loren Dragg for four runs in that sixth inning.


So, as the team headed to the top of seven, here comes SS, Kelly O'Bryan. 


After seeing this young man come from nowhere to win state titles in the long and triple jumps at the state track meet a few weeks ago, I wasn't surpised when O'Bryan managed to get on base, steal second, get to third and score the winning run on a throwing error to third. 


Winner 6 - 5 over Mission.


O'Bryan comes through again.....Clutch!

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