Lightning Use Clutch Hitting to Keep Win Streak Alive
Date: Jun 17, 2018
WINTER GARDEN, Fla (June 12, 2018) – The Winter Garden Squeeze let up too soon, and the Sanford River Rats were able to crawl back to win Tuesday's game, 8-3.
Andrew Rolfsen (Anderson) started off strong for the Squeeze and things seemed to rolling for Winter Garden. One of the five newcomers, Reeder Smith (Dyersburg State) hit an RBI double which scored Marcus Begg (Webber) in the top of the second.
Jonathan Elicier (Newberry) hit a two-run home run that brought Aaron Anderson (Flagler) back to home plate, and made the score 3-0 after the top of the third. The momentum started to shift in favor of Winter Garden, or so it seemed.
In the top of the fourth, Winter Garden had bases loaded and were unable to bring runners in to home. Sanford responded to holding Winter Garden from scoring and scored four runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
Jack Schmidt (Dartmouth) took the field in relief of Rolfsen, where Sanford executed their offense and scored two more runs, including a home run by Sanford DH, Bubba Sangster (St. Johns River State) making the score 6-3 at the end of the fifth.
Pitchers Nick Niarchos (High Point University) and Will Carnley (Troy) also made appearances for the Squeeze.
The sixth inning was where the Squeeze struggled to seize the opportunities of runners they had on base, where bases were loaded not once, but twice. The Squeeze were unable to cut the deficit, as the River Rats stopped them in their tracks and made a run for the win, finishing 8-3.
Winter Garden will again face off Sanford on Wednesday (June 13) for a doubleheader at Heller Brothers Ballpark at West Orange High School.
Samantha Milliren (Saint Leo University)