Owensboro's Post 9 Bombers American Legion Baseball team closed the show in style on Tuesday night.
Hanging on to a precarious one-run lead with one out and the bases filled in the top of the ninth, reliever Daylin Crabtree induced a game-ending 6-4-3 double play help the Bombers hold off Evansville Funkhouser 7-6 in Owensboro's home-opener at Shifley Park's Jack Hicks Field.
"Funkhouser is a quality team every year, and I was proud of the way we finished this one," Bombers manager Matt Freeman said. "We made the big pitch and we made the big play in the field at the end to pull it out.
"This is a good win for us, and it will do a lot for our confidence moving forward."
Funkhouser took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI double from Logan Maynard, but Owensboro responded with two runs in the bottom of the same inning. Brennon Williams belted a run-scoring double and Jordan Tolle followed with an RBI single.
The Bombers (1-2) tacked on two more runs in the fourth, getting an RBI double from Collier Higgs and an RBI groundout from Williams -- making it a 4-1 game.
Funkhouser scored a run in the fourth on Will Kiesel's RBI single, and AJ Wheeler's run-scoring base hit in the fifth pulled the visitors within a run.
In the seventh, however, Owensboro reclaimed command by plating three runs. Williams drove in a pair with a triple into the right field corner, and another run scored on a wild pitch.
Funkhouser made it interesting in the late stages.
Evansville got a run-scoring double from Kiesel and an RBI single off the bat of Cooper Reed in the eighth to pull within 7-5.
Then, in the ninth, Henry Duncan's RBI single made it a one-run game, before the Bombers wrapped it up with their well-executed twin-killing.
"Daylin was fantastic at the end," Freeman said, "and so was our defense."
Kiesel had four hits and Maynard added two doubles to pace Funkhouser's 15-hit attack.
The Bombers got two hits each from Tucker Hagan, Higgs and Williams, who drove home four runs. Starting pitcher Mason Grant worked into the sixth inning and picked up the victory.
"We were more aggressive at the plate tonight, and that was really good to see," Freeman said. "We did a much better job of attacking the first couple of pitches and putting the ball in play."
Owensboro returns to action this weekend, playing in the Perfect Game Tournament in Rockport, Ind., Friday through Sunday.
EVANSVILLE FUNKHOUSER|100-110-021 -- 6-15-1
OWENSBORO|202-000-30x -- 7-9-1
WP-Grant. LP-Tenhumberg. SV-Crabtree, 2B-Maynard 2, Kiesel (F), Higgs, Williams (O). 3B-Williams (O).