Late game comeback lifts Polytech

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Polytech baseball Blake Knight gets set for his at bat against Woodbridge. Photo by Nick Halliday


Finally a good day for weather allowed two down state teams to come north to play at the home of the Wilmington Blue Rocks Frawley Stadium. The Polytech Panthers hosted the Woodbridge Blue Raiders in a back and forth game that Polytech eventually prevailed  

The Panthers got the scoring started in the bottom of the first inning as Asher Grubb singled to drive in Will Harvey who  drew a leadoff walk. Woodbridge then tied it up at 1-1 when Austin scored after singling earlier in the inning on an error by Polytech. 

The Blue Raiders broke the tie in the top of the fourth inning off of two bases loaded walks by Polytech to push two runs in for a 3-1 lead. Polytech answered right back in the bottom of the inning to tie the game again. Elijah Benton drew a lead off walk and was followed by Blake Knight who blasted a shot to the centerfield wall for a triple to score Benton. Knight was then knocked in on a fielder’s choice to bring the game to 3-3. 

In the top of the sixth inning Woodbridge again took the lead off of four straight walks by Polytech pitching that forced in a run for a 4-3 lead. But the Panthers had an answer of their own in the bottom of the sixth. 

Knight started the inning off by continuing to crush the ball driving a pitch into right field for a double and his second extra base hit of the day. Mike Brubaker sacrificed him to third while reaching base safely on an error by Woodbridge. Joshua Frederick followed Brubaker with a sacrifice of his own that scored Knight from third to tie the game. 

With Brubaker at third and two our Ryan Zimmeran came through with a clutch single through the infield that scored Brubaker for the go ahead run giving the Panthers their first lead since the first inning 5-4. 

Woodbridge did threaten in the top of the seventh inning, but was unable to get a run across. They had the bases loaded two outs with Sam Shroeder at the plate. Zimmerman did not start on the mound, but he was in for the close of the game and that he did. He struck out Shroeder on three straight strikes to close out the game. 

Zimmerman did get the win on the mound for the Panthers. Knight led the Panthers at the plate going 2-2 with 2 runs and an RBI. 

For Woodbridge William Hague took the loss on the mound. Austin Griffith led the offense going 2-2 with 1 run and an RBI.

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