Enid, OK - The Mesa Thunderbirds are playing for their season's lives after they lost a 3-1 lead in the ninth and fell in 12 innings to Madison Tuesday morning, 4-3.
The Birds controlled a two run advantage heading into the bottom of the ninth but a walk and an error proved to be costly. Madison scored two to send it to extra innings and finished off the victory with a homer on the first pitch of the 12th inning.
Jake Denham had a solid outing on the bump for Mesa, throwing 8.1 innings, allowing nine hits, three runs, two walks while striking out seven.
The T-Birds will now move to an elimination game later this afternoon at 5 pm CT, 3 pm AZ time against the #7 seed Northeast Hawks out of Norfolk, Nebraska. The winner will move on to play Madison Wednesday night at 7 pm CT, while the loser will be eliminated from competition.