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Lorain Titans avenge early loss with walk-off win against Valley Forge Patriots
MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Lorain’s Demon Hisle hits a walk-off RBI single with the bases loaded against Valley Forge in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring Malik Edwards with the game-winning run in a doubleheader at The Pipe Yard on Saturday. Lorain split the doubleheader with Valley Forge.
MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Lorain's Andre Morales hits a ground ball up the middle of the infield during the sixth inning of the second game in the doubleheader against Valley Forge
MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Collin Velasquez takes the mound in the first game of the doubleheader against Valley Forge
MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Lorain's Desmond Guice makes a one-handed catch in left center field during the top of the seventh inning in the first game of the doubleheader against Valley Forge
“I’m very excited,” Hisle said after getting the game-winning hit. “My coach said ‘Just a nice hard hit to the right side.’ I ended up popping it over the right fielder’s head for the game winner.”
With the game tied at five going into the bottom of the seventh, Titans’ Nate Drabiak drew a walk to begin the inning. Jose Lind pinch ran for Drabiak and later advanced to second base on a passed ball. Mike Velez laid down a sacrifice bunt with two strikes to advance Lind to third.
Aaron Andjuar was intentionally walked to set up the double play. Andjuar stole second base forcing the Patriots to intentionally walk Desmond Guice for a force at any base. With the bases loaded, Hisle hit a fly ball into right field.
“D.D. (Hisle) came up big for us,” Lorain coach Brad Ternes said. “He has came through a long way this season as far as developing his confidence. He has a lot better approach at the plate lately.”
Hisle certainly came through in the sixth inning as well. He led off the inning with a triple to center field and later scored, tying the game at five, after a throwing error to third base on a throw from the outfield.
The Patriots committed four errors in the ballgame, which eventually came back to haunt them.
“We just have to make the easy plays and that is what it all comes down to,” Valley Forge coach Nate Phillips said. “The errors hurt us, we were still in the game, battled back, we’re up in the sixth inning. It’s a tough one to swallow.”
Lorain took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Thomas Holloway hit a sacrifice fly to center field. Ryan Osko, who singled earlier in the inning, scored on the sacrifice fly.
Valley Forge responded in the top of the third as it scored three runs in the inning.
Zack Peters hit a single and later advanced after stealing second. Mike Stojsavljevic hit a RBI-single, driving in Peters, tying the game at one. Jeff Petruska reached on an error and with two outs in the inning, Nick Maglic hit a two-run triple to give Valley Forge a 3-1 lead.
Errors in the bottom of the fourth by the Patriots helped Lorain regain the lead.
Kyle Stumphauzer hit a double to start the inning. Malik Edwards pinch ran for Stumphauzer, and advanced to third base on a passed ball. Guice singled to center field, driving in Edwards, cutting Valley Forge’s lead 3-2. Hisle reached second base on a throwing error by shortstop Petruska. Guice scored on the play tying the game at three.
Later in the inning, Adrian Calez hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Guice. The Titans led 4-3 after four innings.
The Patriots tied the game in the top of fifth. Petruska hit a triple and Brad Brodek grounded out to shortstop, driving in Petruska. Valley Forge had a 5-4 lead going into the bottom of the sixth when Peters hit a RBI single.
Lorain split the doubleheader with Valley Forge. The Patriots won 10-1 in the first game.
Last Updated: 5/11/2013 10:39:58 PM EST