SADLER — Reed Collum came to the plate in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded in a tie game just wanting to make contact.

SADLER — Reed Collum came to the plate in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded in a tie game just wanting to make contact.


The S&S senior shortstop reached out for a pitch on the low-outside corner and the ball dribbled down the first base line to give the Rams an 11-10 walk-off win against Whitewright in District 11-2A play on Thursday afternoon.


"I just wanted to hit a ball hard somewhere and try to win the game," said Collum, who went 3-for-5, scored twice and drove in three runs. "It wasn’t a very good pitch, but I just wanted to get the bat on the ball and just took a swing."


After giving up an early one-run lead, S&S (9-5, 2-1) battled back from an 8-5 deficit with five runs in the bottom of the sixth before Whitewright (4-10, 1-2) scored twice in its final turn at the dish.


Dustin Gann, who did not start the game because he missed a practice earlier in the week, led off the bottom of the seventh with a single from the last spot in the batting order and Drew Dutton followed with a double. Whitewright pitcher Burke Hosier intentionally walked Matt Farrell to load the bases for Collum.


S&S head coach Scott Ritchey said he knew the Rams had a good chance to win in their last turn at the plate with the top of the order coming up.


"I was pretty confident," Ritchey said. "The last batter in our order was coming up and I changed to put him in and he’s a good hitter. So that helped us out in that situation because he led us off [in the seventh]."


The victory lifted S&S, which won just one game last year, into fourth in the league standings.


"We’re in pretty good shape," Ritchey said. "It feels better to win than it does to lose. Last year, this team won just one game the whole season so 9-5 feels pretty good right now."


Whitewright overcame four errors and being outhit by five, 15-10, to get two different three-run leads in the game.


"It was a tough one," Tigers head coach Jorge Rubio said. "Our pitchers started throwing the ball up and we missed some plays and they capitalized on that. That’s our bad. We just have to be on our toes."


Whitewright started the game with Justin Ward driving in Hosier on a hit-and-run single, followed by a two-run double from Drake Bearden for a 3-0 lead. S&S catcher Ben Franklin drilled a two-run double in the bottom of the second to help the Rams tie the game at 3-3.


Bearden, who finished 2-for-2 with two doubles and drew three intentional walks, doubled again in the top of the third to put the Tigers back on top at 4-3. The Rams took back control after Collum’s RBI single and run scored in the bottom of the third for a 5-3 advantage.


The Tigers jumped out to a two-run lead with three runs in the fifth and second baseman Braden Ritchie drove in third baseman Dylan Kendrick in the sixth for an 8-5 cushion.


"I knew we were taking quality at bats and we were still looking all right (through the sixth)," Rubio said. "They kept us off balance with a couple different (pitchers) they were throwing us. We had a couple base running mistakes and that’s kind of what’s been hounding us."


Farrell started the Rams’ sixth-inning rally with a two-run single before Collum singled him in. S&S junior Casey Welch singled in Collum and Zak Franzeo drove in Welch for a 10-8 Rams lead.


"It was a great team effort," Collum said. "We knew it was going to take one big inning and that’s what we did.


Whitewright’s Kendall Shaw and Justin Ward both scored in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 10-10, before Collum’s walk-off single.