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CAMP CARROLL, South Korea — Corey Gumbert pitched a complete game and drove in the tying and winning runs to lift the Taegu Lumber past Taegu Equis 18-7 on Sunday.

Gumbert’s bases-loaded single in the fifth and final inning lifted the Lumber over the Korean team in MBC/ESPN amateur baseball league action.

Gumbert hit an 0-2 pitch to right-center as the Lumber (6-2) beat the Korean team to move into second place in the league standings.

The team of Taegu-Area GIs and DOD civilians is one game behind Taegu Utopia (7-1), a team the Lumber beat earlier this season.

Sunday’s match was the Lumber’s first game since a July 18 contest at Camp Carroll against Taegu Equis, not the same team the Lumber played Sunday. That contest featured a number of hit batsmen and a near confrontation in the fourth inning between the Lumber’s Mike Presley and a Korean pitcher, after which Equis, ahead 9-7, walked off the field.

The league’s Web site, www.koreanmlb.com, lists that game as a loss for the Lumber.

League Commissioner Chong Song-won, reached via telephone by Stripes, said the Lumber were charged with the loss because they were losing at the time the game was stopped.

Sunday’s see-saw battle featured three lead changes.

Equis 1 scored once in the first inning after Gumbert struck out the first two batters, then twice in the second before Jason Sullins’ sacrifice fly had put the Lumber on the board.

In the third inning, Allen Nelson tripled and scored on a passed ball, then Luke Davis and William Mattingly each walked, stole second and scored on passed balls to put the Lumber up 4-3.

Equis 1 tied it in the fourth.

Luke Davis hit an inside-the-park, two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth to put the Lumber back in front 6-4, but Equis 1 responded with three runs on two hits and two fielding errors to take a 7-6 lead.

The game ended after five innings due to the league’s two-hour time limit for games.

Jennifer Kleckner of Stripes’ Seoul bureau contributed to this report.


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