The Salamanders scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning forcing the Savanah Bananas to extra innings, thus invoking the international tie breaker in the tenth. However, a leadoff hit by pitch, a walk, and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Gabe Howell plated three Banana runs in the tenth to give the Bananas a 9 – 6 victory Sunday afternoon at Ting Park.
The Bananas lead off the game with two unearned runs in the first inning as a result of back to back Salamander errors. The Manders would answer in the bottom of the second inning plating one run on singles by Jake Holtzapple, Will Hoyle, and Matt Turino. However, it was a three-run double by catcher Kyle Willman that cleared the bases giving the Salamanders a 4 – 2 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Savannah would get the four runs back in the top of the fourth when they sent seven Bananas to the plate. Five hits were generated highlighted by a Gabe Howell three run home run. The score would remain 6 – 4 until the bottom of the ninth inning. Three walks and an A J Hrica base hit would tie the game at 6 and force extra innings invoking the international tie breaker.
The international tie breaker rules place runners on first and second with no outs to begin the inning for both teams. Salamander closer Kyle Davis entered the game to attempt to shut down the potent Banana attack. However, a hit by pitch followed by a walk immediately scored a Banana run. The other two would score as a result of a Gabe Howell sacrifice fly to left field and an infield fielders choice from Mike Williams. Hard throwing Jackson Gowen for the Bananas would retire the Manders down in order sealing the victory for the Bananas.
The Salamanders have much deserved two days off before heading to Wilmington to face the Sharks next Wednesday night at 7:05. They will return to Ting Park next Friday night to face the Fayetteville SwampDogs with a 7:00 first pitch.