Bill Bereszniewicz (Binghamton) finds himself in the middle of the team huddle after the Fayetteville SwampDogs walk off in the tenth with a 3-2 win over the first place Edenton Steamers.
Fayetteville has a knack for not quitting and tonight they had timely hits in the ninth inning to force extra innings. With just two hits entering the bottom of the ninth, Mitchell Kranson (California Berkley) started the frame with a leadoff single through the right side.
Chase Rader (Coffeyville Community College) came in to pinch run for Kranson and he advanced to second base after a sacrifice bunt by Ransom LaLonde (St. Edward’s). Derek Gibson (Southeast Missouri) knocked Rader over to third with a groundout.
Down to their final out and a runner on third base, Michael Timm (Wright State) had the biggest hit of the game at the time with the game tying RBI single to right field, good for his 12th run batted in on the season.
Timm finished the game with a jaw-dropping stat line in such a close game hitting of 2-for-3 with a run, RBI and three stolen bases.
That single knocked relief pitcher Rohn Pierce (Canisus College) out of the game after throwing five innings of two hit baseball and allowing one run with four strikeouts.
In extra innings, Chad Whitehead (UNC-Pembroke) smoked a ball through the shortstop to get on base and pinch runner Kevin Kean (Frostburg St.) advanced to second on a passed ball. Then the rest was history as Bereszniewicz lined the game winning single down the left field line to score Kean and help the SwampDogs improve to 15-9 on the season and 11th victory at home. Edenton fell to 19-6 with the loss.
Garrett Baugh (Tennessee Tech) had another phenomenal start against one of the best offensive teams in the league. He threw eight innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs with four strikeouts and one walk in route to the no decision.
Travis Hissong (Wright State) picked up his first win of the season after pitching two innings of two-hit, scoreless baseball.
The SwampDogs head to Wilson to take on the Tobs at 7:05 p.m. and they return to “The Swamp” on Saturday night for a weekend rematch against the Columbia Blowfish.
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